Mindsets

A mindset is the the established set of attitudes held by a person.

 

In our research, we were learning more and more about the positive impact gratitude and realistic optimism have on the brain. This module looks at some of the key healthy mindsets that lead to student success.

 

The three mindsets we have considered in this module are:

growth mindset, realistic optimism, and gratitude.

                                                             Explore the benefits and scientific effect positive mindsets have on our brains.

A short interview with Carol Dweck about the importance of a growth mindset.

Growth Mindset

According to Carol Dweck, “in a fixed mindset students believe that their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are fixed. That one has a certain amount and that’s it. In a growth mindset, however, students understand that their talents and abilities can be through abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence.”

Realistic Optimism

Realistic Optimism is a way of seeing life hopefully and having an expectation of success through effort and perseverance. Realistic Optimism correlates strongly with good health and effective coping strategies. Realistic Optimism can be learned and, if practiced, can become a way of thinking

Gratitude

Modern psychology research confirms that gratitude is an important social emotion that can benefit the lives of those that practice it. An “attitude of gratitude” has been proven to have benefits on a person’s overall well-being.