How to be More Awesome is more than a journal – it is a structured resilience programme that can be undertaken individually, in groups, or as a facilitated programme, and includes:

– Advice on journaling and its benefits

– Helpful hints, useful information and case studies

– 20-day starter programme followed by a menu of exercises to pick from

– Tasks and exercises to support learning

– Exercises that can be used for external review

How To Be More Awesome has been co-designed with the help of young people from the Studio School (part of the Northern Schools Trust) and World Merit fellows and interns. The result is a bespoke resilience journal and workbook that can:

– Build confidence and wellbeing

– Develop strengths and ‘bounce-back-ability’ (resilience)

– Encourage people to value and enjoy their friends and environment

– Support people to think about and design the future they want

Written by Tim Slack and Suzanne Quinney from Appreciating People the journal builds on the work and expertise developed by Appreciating People leading UK experts in the organization development philosophy Appreciative Inquiry.

Positive Psychology research indicates that encouraging positive emotions, wellbeing and gratitude promotes creativity, achievement, and builds personal resilience, improving your ability to deal with difficult times.

The workbook draws from Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry (AI), to offer a personal development tool that increases personal resilience, confidence and wellbeing. It supports positive reflection and awareness, helping young people identifies and builds on their strengths and skills. The text includes material on resilience, mental toughness, appreciative living, gratitude and the benefits of ‘reframing’.

More information about Be More Awesome Ltd and how the journal was developed can be found on www.appreciatingpeople.co.uk, as well as information about the authors and organizations who helped develop this innovatative resource.