By focusing on gratitude and the good things in life rather than what we don’t have creates what Shawn Achor calls ‘The Happiness Advantage’ in his book by the same name – we feel more optimistic and more centred, and our intelligence, creativity and energy rises. Through testing he found our brains are 31 per cent more productive when feeling positive than when our brain is feeling negative, neutral or stressed. These positive feelings also release dopamine, which not only makes us feel happy, it turns on all the learning centres in our brain.

Write something you are grateful for on a paper leaf and stick it on the Gratitude Tree Poster. Feature the poster on a wall in the classroom or at home.

At appropriate times reflect on the gratitude expressed on the poster.

Bonus: Poster comes with a photocopiable A4 coloured leaf template featuring a number of leaves.