I love a good icebreaker ! I have participated in countless of them since arriving on the campus of Penn State Harrisburg as a first year student . My favorite one is when you ask your participants to answer the prompt , “if you could have any superpower , what would it be and why?” . The answers to this question always provokes me to think and I have gained much insight about what is important to my colleagues outside of their respective roles . The overwhelming majority of people choose invisibility or superior intelligence as their superpower . I like those chooses but I believe they may be hard to obtain in real life . There is however a superpower that you and I have that will change the way we live , work and lead in the world . The superpower is gratitude .
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation notes that gratitude can ,
- reduce stress and play a major role in overcoming trauma .
- foster resilience in times of despair.
- help in the development of healing and coping tools.
To get started in developing this superpower , use the “ Gratitude Ping Pong” activity below .