Passion & Purpose

Feeling passionate is about being driven by strong emotions or beliefs. Feeling purposeful is believing what we do is meaningful and has a clear aim. People who report living passionately and with purpose tend to recover more easily from stress and trauma. They also tend to perform better in and out of school and are less depressed and healthier.

Activities

Resources
“I Wonder Ball”
This activity, written by North Haven High School Students, is designed to get a class feeling connected and supported.
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Chalk Circles
Students work toward identifying a specific goal related to their interests/passions and create an action plan for achieving that goal using chalk circles.
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Meaningful Photos
Students take photographs of people, places, and objects in their lives that are meaningful to them.
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The Power of Purpose: Finding Your Vision (2 of 2)
Students continue work on their vision boards from The Power of Purpose Part 1 lesson.
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The Power of Purpose: Finding Your Vision (1 of 2)
Students reflect on the question, “What is purpose?” and begin the process of creating vision boards to illustrate ideas they have about their own purpose.
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SMART Goals
Students create “passion collages” to reflect their passions in each of three areas: academics, career, and relationships.
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What is Inspired?
Students reflect on and discuss their personal definitions of the word “inspired.”
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Stories of Empowerment (2 of 2)
This is day 2 of a two-day activity. Today, they will mimic Murray’s style of combining two stories, their own speech, and their friend’s speech to create their own “TED Talk”.
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Stories of Empowerment (1 of 2)
In this two-part lesson, students first watch Liz Murray’s TED talk entitled "For the Love of Possibility" and write a story about a time when they felt empowered.
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Inspiration Roadmap
Students will identify their preconceptions about what makes people happy and how the research differs from their own preconceptions about happiness.
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A Happy Life
Students will reflect on the main messages of the talk and how they can apply these messages to their lives and create their own message about their philosophy for a happy life.
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Motivational Speeches
Students watch a motivational TED talk and write their own motivational messages, speeches, or video scripts.
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What is Motivation?
Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of motivation for the class.
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Motivational Self-Talk Book
In this activity, students will be able to reflect on what types of statements energize and motivate them, create their own motivational self-talk statements and make into a book, and share and discuss their statements with classmates.
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Emotion Ambassadors
Students brainstorm improvements they would like to see to school practices and how they can work to make these changes and elect “Ambassadors” for implementing these initiatives and create a plan to follow up and evaluate their success.
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Try Something New
Watch this video about trying something new for 30 days!
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8 Motivation Tips
Watch this video from ASAPscience to learn helpful tips for staying motivated!
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Four Steps to Find Your Passion
Need help finding your passion? This short article offers a four-step strategy to help you find your passion.
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Learn about Passion
Want to learn more about passion? Watch this short video to understand how you can reframe your thinking around passion! 
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Passion Project
Draft a plan to start your own project. Find your passion and go for it!
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Raise Your Voice
Want to get better at speaking? The aim of the game is to talk for one minute on a given subject.
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Power Up Your Routine
Here are some simple ideas to power up your everyday routine. Practicing these habits can help you feel more in control, self-confident, and powerful.
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DIY Inspiration Board
Make your space more inspiring with a DIY inspiration board!
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Find Inspiration Everywhere
There is inspiration all around you! From the great outdoors to the internet, people are discovering their passions every day.
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The Small Things
Try these small acts of kindness that will give you a purpose and help others feel better.
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Simple Reminder
Who are you when you are at your best? Reminding yourself of your positive attributes every day will build self-respect and keep you focused.
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Gratitude Expression
Expressing gratitude is proven to boost happiness. Express your gratitude to another person with a note, text, or call.
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Self-Care Day
We all deserve to take time for ourselves. Value yourself by devoting a day to self-care!
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