The Positivity Project

What is The Positivity Project (P2)?

Mission: To help America’s youth build stronger relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others.

Vision: To develop leaders and citizens who will strengthen our communities and country by internalizing the belief that “Other People Matter”.

Each week throughout the year, students learn about a new character strength as part of The Positivity Project.

24 Character Strengths


Character Strengths by Week

May 8 - 14: Outra Week - Other People Matter Mindset

This is our last week for the Positivity Project this year. Here are some culminating quotes and questions to wrap up the year.

Positivity Project Quotes:

  • "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees."  ~ Amelia Earhart
  • "I want people to realize they matter."  ~ Chris Jordan
  • "How you make other people feel about themselves says a lot about you." ~Anonymous
  • "Our character is what we do when no one is looking."  ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Positivity Project Questions:

  • Which was your favorite strength to learn? Why?
  • What character strengths do you connect with most?
  • What new things have you learned this year about helping people and showing that they are important to you?

May 1 - 7: Leadership

Leadership means you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

Leadership Quotes:

  • "Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge."  ~Simon Sinek
  • "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."  ~ Lao Tzu
  • "The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people think more highly of themselves."  ~ J. Carla Nortcutt
  • "Servant leadership is easy for people with high self-esteem. Such people have no problem giving credit to others. They have no problem listening to other people for ideas. They have no problem building others up."  ~Robert Greenleaf

Leadership Questions:

  • What qualities makes a leader?
  • What is the difference between a boss and a leader?
  • Why is seeing the potential in someone else a quality of a leader?

April 24 - 30: Purpose

Purpose means you have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life's purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself

Purpose Quotes:

  • "If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you into your purpose."  ~ TD Jakes
  • "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."  ~ John F. Kennedy

Purpose Questions:

  • How is passion related to purpose?
  • How can trying new things help you find your purpose?
  • Do you believe we can have more than one purpose?

April 17 - 23: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence means you notice and value the world's beauty and people's skills. You don't take things for granted

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Quotes:

  • "There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."  ~Albert Einstein
  • "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."  ~ Helen Keller

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Questions:

  • How can people see beauty in different formats such as music, art and dance?
  • How can we practice appreciating beauty and excellence?
  • What makes something beautiful?
  • What makes something unique or excellent?

April 10 - 16: Fairness

Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

Fairness Quotes:

  • "It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself."  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people."  ~ Rosa Parks
  • "Win or lose, do it fairly."  ~ Knute Rockne

Fairness Questions:

  • What does being fair have to do with the quality of your character?
  • What are the benefits of treating everyone fairly?
  • Does fairness mean everyone gets the same thing?

March 27 - April 2: OPM - Identifying and appreciating the good in others

Identifying and Appreciating the Good in others Quotes:

  • "Good people don't have to say they're good people, it just shows."  ~ Shauna Parker
  • "See the good in people and help them."  ~ Ghandi

Identifying and Appreciating the Good in others Questions:

  • How does it feel to hear what others appreciate in us?
  • What are some of the qualities you appreciated in your friends?
  • How do compliments go along with the idea of identifying the good in others?

March 20 - 26: Humor

Humor means you like to laugh and bring smiles to other people

Humor Quotes:

  • "There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor"  ~ Charles Dickens
  • "A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done."  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Humor Questions:

  • Have you ever found the humor in a negative situation? How did it help you?
  • Why are things funny when they come as a surprise to us?
  • Why is it important to develop an ability to laugh at things that add worry or disappointment to our lives?

March 13 - 19: Love of Learning

Love of Learning means you master new skills and topics on your own or in school.

Love of Learning Quotes:

  • "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."  ~ Pele 
  • "I've learned that I still have a lot to learn"  ~ Maya Angelou
  • "The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice."  ~ Brian Herbert

Love of Learning Questions:

  • What topic are you passionate about?
  • How can learning new things help you in life?
  • What holds you back from trying to learn or experiment with new things?

March 6 - 12: Social Intelligence

Social Intelligence means you are aware of other people's thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

Social Intelligence Quotes:

  • "If you are tuned out of your own emotions, you will be poor at reading them in other people."  ~  Daniel Goleman
  • "People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude"  ~ Joel C. Maxwell
  • "One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say."  ~ Bryant H. McGill

Social Intelligence Questions:

  • How do our own experiences help us to understand the feeling of others?
  • Have you ever cheered up a friend when they were sad? How did this require you to use social intelligence?
  • How does using social intelligence help you to be a better friend and person?

February 27 - March 5: Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm means you approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

Enthusiasm Quotes:

  • "Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation and a pinch of creativity."  ~  Bo Bennett
  • "In bad times and good, I have never lost my sense of zest for life."  ~ Walt Disney
  • "Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.  ~ Mary Lou Retton

Enthusiasm Questions:

  • Why would enthusiasm be important in a leader?
  • Why is enthusiasm important for success?
  • When is it hard to be enthusiastic?

February 20 - 26: OPM - Cheering others' successes

Cheering Others' Successes Quotes:

  • "We rise be lifting others"  ~ Robert Ingersoll
  • "Encouragement to others is something everyone can give"  ~ Joel Osteen

Cheering Others' Successes Questions:

  • Why does cheering for others make you happy?
  • How does being cheered for make you feel even more proud?
  • How do you feel when someone appreciates you?

February 13 - 19: Love

Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people.

Love Quotes:

  • "Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own"  ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • "Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness"  ~ Euripides
  • "Love is the absence of judgement."  ~ Dalai Lama

Love Questions:

  • How is friendship connected to love?
  • How does love affect us?
  • How can curiosity be displayed through your imagination?
  • What strengths are involved in friendship and love?

February 6 - 12: Humility

Humility means you do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves

Humility Quotes:

  • "True humility is staying teachable, regardless of how much you already know"  ~ Unknown
  • "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less."  ~ C. S. Lewis

Humility Questions:

  • How are humility and integrity connected?
  • How does humility impact relationships?
  • What does it mean to be arrogant?

January 30 - February 5: Wildcard/Make-up Week

Take this week to explore some of our previous P2 Character Strengths.

January 23 - 29: OPM - Supporting others when they struggle

Supporting Others Quotes:

  • "Help people, even when you know they cannot help you back."  ~  unkown
  • "Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody"  ~ Kid President
  • "We rise by helping others."  ~ Robert Ingersoll

Supporting Others Questions:

  • Think about a time when you helped someone. What impact did that have on you and on the other person?
  • Has someone ever treated you poorly and it affected your entire day?
  • How does it make you feel when you support others through a tough time?

January 16 - 22: Perseverance

Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

Perseverance Quotes:

  • "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do"  ~ Pele
  • "Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding on the 20th."  ~ Julie Andrews

Perseverance Questions:

  • How can perseverance make you stronger or better at a specific skill?
  • What character strengths are necessary for perseverance?
  • Who have you seen in your own life demonstrate perseverance? What have they done?

January 9 - 15: Prudence

Prudence means you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices

Prudence Quotes:

  • "Nothing can be done quickly and prudently at the same time."  ~ Publius Syrus
  • "There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning."  ~ John Woodsen
  • "A goal without a plan is just a wish."  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Prudence Questions:

  • What plans, goals and dreams do you hope to achieve in your life?
  • Where have you seen people make and follow a plan to achieve their goals?
  • How can you help others show prudence?

January 2 - 8: Optimism

Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

Optimism Quotes:

  • "Hope is being able to see that there is a light despite all of the darkness"  ~ Desmond Tutu
  • "Positivity is like a muscle: keep exercising it and it becomes a habit."  ~ Natalie Massenet

Optimism Questions:

  • What are you optimistic about?
  • Who helps you to be more optimistic?
  • Why is it hard sometimes to be optimistic?

December 12 - 16: Self-Control

Self-control means you have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

Self-Control Quotes:

  • "Self-control is a key factor in achieving success. We can't control everything in life, but we can definitely control ourselves"  ~ Jan McKingley Hilado
  • "You cannot control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."  ~ Maya Angelou

Self-Control Questions:

  • How can self-control, or lack of, impact a community or group of people?
  • Have you ever lost control of your emotions?
  • Think about a time you did not show self-control. How could you have handled it differently?

December 5 - 11: OPM - Knowing my words and actions affect others

Knowing my words and actions affect others Quotes:

  • "Words have the energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt to harm, to humiliate and to humble"  ~ Yehuda Berg
  • "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle"  ~Ian Maclaren

Knowing my words and actions affect others Questions:

  • Do you agree with the phrase - "it's not always what we say, but how we say it?"
  • How are words powerful?
  • Why do you think it is important to practice?

November 28 - December 4: Kindness

Kindness means you are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people

Kindness Quotes:

  • "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world."  ~ Anne Frank
  • "A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money."  ~ John Ruskin
  • "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."  ~ Princess Diana

Kindness Questions:

  • How can kindness serve as the universal language?
  • How can small acts of kindness make the world a better place?
  • How can one kind act inspire other people?
  • How does kindness have its way of making it back to you?

November 14 - 27: Gratitude (2 weeks)

Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen

Gratitude Quotes:

  • "Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings"  ~ William Arthur Ward
  • "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart, not the mind."  ~ Lionel Hampton

Gratitude Questions:

  • Why is it important to show gratitude to a variety of people in our lives, maybe even people we don't know?
  • Are there things you take for granted without realizing it?
  • Do people in our community say thank you enough?

November 7 - 13: Bravery

Bravery means you act with mental, moral or physical strength even when you know things are scary.

Bravery Quotes:

  • "Be bold. Be brave enough to be your true self"  ~ Queen Latifah
  • "Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help and brave enough to ask for it."  ~ Unkown
  • "Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is feeling the fear, the doubt, the insecurity and deciding that something else is more important."  ~ Mark Manson

Bravery Questions:

  • Why is bravery important?
  • Why does disagreeing take bravery?
  • Think about a time when you showed bravery by overcoming a challenge?

October 31 - November 6: Perspective

Perspective means you appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

Perspective Quotes:

  • "Life is about perspective and how you look at something... ultimately, you have to zoom out."  ~ Whitney Wolfs
  • "The measure of your success is a matter of perception. Are you perceiving things as they are or as you wish them to be?."  ~ Tom Chuan Ling

Perspective Questions:

  • What kind of conflict can differing perspectives create?
  • Why might our perspective of ourselves be different than others' perspective of us?
  • How might it help to hear others' perspectives more often?

October 24 - 30: Creativity

Creativity means you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

Creativity Quotes:

  • "Creativity is contagious, pass it on."  ~ Albert Einstein
  • "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."  ~ Unknown

Creativity Questions:

  • Why is creativity important?
  • How can creativity change the world? 
  • How can we make sure we don't lose our creativity?

October 17 - 23: Forgiveness

Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes.

Forgiveness Quotes:

  • "Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude"  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an even stronger person to forgive."  ~ Unknown

Forgiveness Questions:

  • What does it mean to be honest and trustworthy?
  • Do you think apologizing is as important as forgiving? 
  • Is it harder to forgive if you never receive an apology?

October 10 - 16: Integrity

Integrity means you are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.

Integrity Quotes:

  • "Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."  ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • "Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it."  ~ M. H. McKee

Integrity Questions:

  • What does it mean to be honest and trustworthy?
  • Have you ever had a time when you struggled with integrity? How did it make you fee?
  • Why is it difficult at times to be honest?

October 3 - 9: OPM - Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

Being present means you're focused and engaged in the here and now and not distracted or mentally absent.

Being Present Quotes:

  • "Live in the moment and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering"  ~ unknown
  • "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart"  ~ Winne the Pooh
  • "In teamwork, silence isn't golden, it's deadly."  ~ Mark Sanborn

Being Present  Questions:

  • What does it mean to be present?
  • How can you use your senses to help you be present?
  • Why does being present help people to be happier?

September 26 - October 2: Open-Mindedness

Open-Mindedness means you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don't jump to conclusions.

Open-Mindedness Quotes:

  • "If you are open-minded and  you let the universe come in, you never know where things might go"  ~ Adam Neumann
  • "Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything"  ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • "In teamwork, silence isn't golden, it's deadly."  ~ Mark Sanborn

Open-Mindedness Questions:

  • What are some opinions that you hold?
  • How can open-mindedness help you test your opinions?
  • What makes it challenging to be open-minded?

September 19 - 25: Teamwork

Teamwork means you work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal, reliable and dedicated to helping your team achieve its goals.

Teamwork Quotes:

  • "Alone we can do little; together we can do so much"  ~ Helen Keller
  • "You don't have to see eye to eye to work shoulder to shoulder."  ~ Kid President
  • "In teamwork, silence isn't golden, it's deadly."  ~ Mark Sanborn

Teamwork Questions:

  • What are some key components to successful teamwork?
  • What teams do you have in your life?
  • What do you bring to your teams?


September 12 - 18: Curiosity

Curiosity means you like exploration and discover. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

Curiosity Quotes:

  • "Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own"  ~ James Cameron
  • "When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do."  ~ Walt Disney

Curiosity Questions:

  • What role does curiosity  play with modern day inventions?
  • How can curiosity be displayed through your imagination?
  • Are you a curious person? Do you seek answers?

September 5 - 11: Intro Week - Other People Matter Mindset

The five main components of the "Other People Matter" mindset are:
  1. Identifying and appreciating the good in others
  2. Knowing that my words and actions affect others
  3. Supporting others when the struggle
  4. Cheering their successes
  5. Being present and giving others my attention