Weekly Slides

Other People Matter Mindset - Week 0 - P2 Weekly Slides

By Jeff Bryan

Our annual calendar starts Monday, September 11 with the Other People Matter Mindset. This is a great way to set the stage for the year and explain to your students why The Positivity Project exists and what they’ll be learning.

And, what will they be learning? To build strong relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others.

So, what do we mean when we say “other people matter” and why do we say it so often?


#OtherPeopleMatter is our motto, hashtag, and the spirit of the movement we are building. It originated with Dr. Chris Peterson, one of the founders of positive psychology and Mike Erwin’s mentor and advisor in graduate school. Other People Matter was Chris’ thesis resulting from his decades of research. As Chris wrote in 2008, he would often begin lectures by stating, “I can sum up positive psychology in just three words – Other People Matter. Period. Anything that builds relationships between and among people is going to make you happy.” Chris passed away suddenly in October 2012 and we are proud to carry on his legacy through the research on character and relationships that he led for over a decade.

As with every slide presentation, these are differentiated by grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. For a more in-depth overview of each presentation, please skip below to your specific grade level.

And, always remember that The Positivity Project is yours. We appreciate that each school and every classroom is different. That’s why we highly encourage teacher autonomy. If you want to do something different than what’s in the presentations — please do!


And, as a reminder, you can find all of our weekly slide presentations on our website’s Resources page. Enjoy the slides — and please be sure to let us know how it’s going by posting to Twitter and using the #PositivityInAction hashtag!

Jeff Bryan
CEO and Co-Founder of The Positivity Project

Jeff Bryan is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Positivity Project. In this role, he leads the organization to support educators to empower their students to build positive relationships and become their best selves.