An Experiment in Gratitude

Soul Pancake conducts an experiment in which volunteers are told to describe the most influential person in their life. The volunteers then are asked to call the person they thought of and read their description. The study demonstrates the the difference it makes in their measured happiness by having the subjects take a test before and after the experiment.

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Making a word play off parking “validation”, this video exemplifies the power of verbalizing your appreciation for people. Everyone loves to be validated and feel appreciated. A man working at a parking garage gives people parking validation and compliments. The validation man finally encounters one woman he cannot make smile which drastically changes his attitude. He continues to make the people around him smile ultimately meeting the life of his life.


  • How do you see the need for acceptance and validation in your school affect people’s actions and behaviors in school? What are some signs you can look for to spot this?
  • Why does the line for validation get so long?
  • How can you maintain a positive attitude amidst discouragement?
  • Describe the effects of spreading encouragement.

Wright's Law: A Unique Teacher

This New York Times video follows the story of Mr. Wright, a high school science teacher.  He strives to create a positive environment, keeping in mind the rough home lives students may have. He creates interactive, unique lesson plans, while also acting as a confidant to many students. Students speak of how he teaches them lessons to genuinely succeed in life, rather than just “Newton’s third law”.

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