The 'three good things' activity encourages students to share good things that have happened in their life with other students which can help build relationships and connections.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies


Learning intention

students reflect on positive things in their lives and share.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • reflect on good things that have happened in their lives

  • deliberately practise gratitude, increasing their wellbeing and happiness.

Materials needed

  • A4 paper/Microsoft Word or student workbooks

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse and reflect on the influence of values and beliefs on the development of identities (AC9HP8P01)

  • Analyse factors that influence emotional responses and devise strategies to self-manage emotions (AC9HP8P06)

  • Refine, evaluate and adapt strategies for managing changes and transitions (AC9HP10P02)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

  • Generating

  • Reflecting

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and evaluates strategies to manage current and future challenges (PD4-1)

  • Assesses their own and others’ capacity to reflect on and respond positively to challenges (PD5-1)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities (VCHPEP123)

  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses to health and wellbeing (VCHPEP147)

Show details

Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Explain to students that when we reflect on things that we’re grateful for, it can improve our general mood and wellbeing.

  2. Ask students to take five minutes to think about and write down three things they are grateful for.

  3. Each student should then share their three good things with five randomly selected students in the class.

  4. Discuss as a group whether there were any similarities and differences between the students’ answers.


This activity encourages students to reflect on some of the good things that have happened in their day or week. By deliberately cultivating gratitude, students can increase their wellbeing and happiness.


Free teaching resources emailed to you

Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest teaching resources on mental health and wellbeing.

To see how we use this information check out our Privacy policy.