8th November 2018 — This week we have launched the latest instalment of the BrainCanDo Programme – Nice November: A Month of Gratitude. Launched in assembly by Dr Amy Fancourt, Head of Psychology at Queen Anne’s School, Nice November aims to encourage students and staff to make a conscious effort to express gratitude and be more thankful every day of the month.
Dr Fancourt explains:
Further As a part of our BrainCanDo programme at Queen Anne’s School, we have been researching into the effect of gratitude on wellbeing and community cohesion. All that we have learned suggests that the act of expressing thanks is linked with higher ratings of subjective wellbeing and can impact upon the degree to which an individual feels connected within their communities. Essentially we are asking the question: Does giving thanks and being grateful improve individual wellbeing and social connectedness in school? This is what Nice November aims to find out.
All girls have received gratitude journals, and are encouraged to use them to reflect upon their day. The journals are full of positive and inspirational quotes, stress-relieving colouring pages, and each day provides a space for girls to write something that they are thankful for.
Girls and staff are able to place their thank you cards into the Nice November post box located in each house or pop them into the post-box in the entrance to the Sixth Form Centre. During the course of November, individual thank you cards which are particularly lovely, funny or unusual will be seen on the screens around the school or on various noticeboards.
Both staff and the girls have been so impressed by the journals, that positivity is spreading through the corridors of Queen Anne’s.