Our Research & Results


Graph showing trend of 2.8% increase in happiness in 30 days. Source: ShareTree research 2018-2020 (Aggregated 20 Day Character Growth Exercise)


Graphic showing trends over several years for Chirnside Park Primary School



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Gratitude & Wellbeing Quick Notes Link to the Resource
Joshua Brown and Joel Wong, 2017 – How Gratitude changes you and your Brain
Here the authors explore how gratitude could work towards improving mental health.
Emmons and McCullough, 2003 – Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An experimental Investigation of gratitude and Subjective Well-being in Daily Life
Authors found that happiness could be increased by a simple gratitude exercise. The group practiced gratitude exercise are 25% happier than a comparison (control) group.
Mills et al., 2015 – The Role of Gratitude in Spiritual Wellbeing in Asymptomatic Heart Failure Patients
Shown here that gratitude and spiritual wellbeing are related to better mood and sleep, less fatigue, and more self-efficacy. Efforts to increase gratitude is a potential treatment of clinical value.
Lyubomirsky et al., 2011 – Becoming Happier Takes Both a will and a proper way: An Experimental Longitudinal Intervention to boost well-being
Authors examined the immediate and longer-term effects of regularly expressing optimism and gratitude on well-being. They conclude these interventions are more successful when participants know about endorse and commit to it.
Seligman et al., 2005 – Positive psychology progress: Empirical validation of interventions. American Psychologist, 60, 410–421.
They followed participants up 6 months after they had begun carrying out a simple gratitude exercise and found they were happier and less depressed than a control group.
Burton, and King, 2004 – The health benefits of writing about intensely positive experiences. Journal of Research in Personality, 38, 150–163.
A sample of 90 undergraduates who write about an intensely positive experience (IPE) for 20 min each day for three consecutive days, found in 3 months of writing about IPEs enhanced positive mood. The results associated with significantly reduction of illness, compared to controls.
Carmen Salvador-Ferrer, 2017 – The relationship between gratitude and life satisfaction in a sample of Spanish University students: the moderation role of gender
The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between gratitude and life satisfaction among university students in Spain. The results suggest that gratitude significantly predicts life satisfaction on psychological and well-being.
Luzie Fofonka Cunha, 2019 – Positive Psychology and Gratitude interventions: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Assessed the effect of a gratitude intervention on a community sample of adults in relation to aspects involving well-being and mental health. This intervention managed to increase positive affect, subjective happiness, and life satisfaction, and reduced depression symptoms.
Character Growth Exercises and Wellbeing Quick Notes Link to the Resource
Cherif et al., 2020 – Testing the Effectiveness of a Strengths-Based Intervention Targeting All 24 Strengths: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial
This study assessed the effectiveness of a strengths fostering all 24-character strengths. Results suggest character-strength development might be effective for promoting gains in happiness even one month after the intervention.
Lee et al., 2019 – Self-assessed importance of domains of flourishing: Demographics and correlations with well-being
In a study of the main domains of flourishing among 2,370 employees, the importance of character strengths showed the highest correlations with the experience of all flourishing domains (Lee et al., 2020).
Booker et al., 2020 – Using multiple character strengths to inform young adult’s self-compassion: The potential of hope and forgiveness
In a study the character strengths of hope and forgiveness showed the strongest associations with self-compassion across multiple studies and populations
Smith et al., 2020 – The effects of a character strength focused positive psychology course on undergraduate happiness and well-being, Journal of happiness studies.
This study of college students found that those who focused on and practiced with character strengths and other positive psychology concepts had highly substantial boosts to life meaning, as well as decreases in loneliness, among other benefits (Smith et al., 2020).
Zhang and Chen, 2018 – Character strengths, strengths use, future self-continuity and subjective well-being among chines university students.
This study was designed to explore the relationships among character strengths, strengths use and subjective well-being. It was found that character strengths are associated with higher level of well-being. The authors propose that these findings can have significant implications in the educational context.
Huber et al., 2020 – Possession and Applicability of Signature Character Strengths: What is essential for well-being, Work engagement and Burnout?
This study created awareness for individual signature character strengths and provided an example of study proving it as a promising approach to improve well-being and performance.
Shiri Lavy, 2019 – A review of Character strengths interventions in Twenty -first century schools: their importance and how they can be fostered.
This paper outlines an integrative model of an optimal school system, expected to foster character strengths’ use and development and discuss its applications for research and practice.
Hoefer et al., 2019 – Special Issue: Character strengths, Well-Being and Health in Educational and Vocational settings
Presents a need of an ecosystem to promote character strengths in educational sector.
Growth Mindset and Wellbeing Quick Notes Link to the Resource
Zeng et al., 2016 – Effect of growth mindset on school engagement and psychological well-being of Chinese Primary and Middle school students: The mediating role of resilience
This current study contributes to understanding of the potential mechanisms by which altering the mindset can impact psychological well-being and school engagement
Emotional Awareness and Wellbeing Quick Notes Link to the Resource
Karimi et al., 2021 – Emotional Intelligence: Predictor of employee’s wellbeing, quality of patient care, and psychological empowerment
The study explored the role of emotional intelligence (EI) on employees’ perceived wellbeing and empowerment, as well as their performance, by measuring their quality of care.

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