About the 2-day program

ORANGES Toolkit Description

The ORANGES Toolkit is a wellness program, that can be delivered in segments from 90 minutes, through to a full 2-day program. The Toolkit was created by Simon Rountree to help improve productivty and stability at Camp Quality - a national Charity that supports children (birth to 13 years) and families affected by cancer through educational, hospital, recreational and home support services. ORANGES was developed over a decade by bringing the latest academic research to life with over 40 practical tools that people practice using during the workshop.

The program aims to enhance the wellbeing of individuals as well as the wellbeing of the whole organisation by providing people with tools for a better life. ORANGES is symbolic of an approach to life that is based on the science and practice of this unique program that provides robust academic rigour and looks to shift peoples focus from what is wrong or negative, to a more positive outlook that has meaning, pleasure, engagement, energy and accomplishment to create greater optimal functioning people/groups.

This is not about people putting on a happy face all the time. Life and work can be hard, challenging and disappointing - however research covered in ORANGES has shown that there are certain strategies and skills that allow people to navigate the challenges of life more effectively and enjoy life despite the upsets.

ORANGES has seven workshops as outlined below:

Each workshop has interactive learning activities and is measurable through an online support measure (survey) which will give participants an overall rating for each workshop i.e. their Optimism score, Resilience score, Attitude score, etc. Participants are requested to undertake the online survey (prior to the workshop), print out the answers and bring them to the workshop for analysis.

By implementing the tips and tools presented in the workshops and developing positive habits over a period of time participants should be able to increase their scores and therefore, their overall wellbeing.

The program is held over two days with an introduction and the first three letters (O, R and A) conducted on day one and the final four letters on day two.

The program is optimal with 14 – 25 people per group.

Workshops Outcomes and Tools Description
  • Understand what optimism means and what kind of thinking habits optimistic people have learned
  • Understand Optimistic and Pessimistic explanatory styles, and how they affect perspective and behaviour
  • Use the 3P's (Personal, Pervasive and Permanence) technique to reframe situations and gain balanced perspective
  • Apply the ABCD Model to learn how to think more optimistically
  • Gain practical tips for becoming more optimistic at work and home
Where am I now?
  • Review your own personal optimism inventory
Participants learn tools to create flexible, optimistic thinking habits which enable them to focus on positive outcomes, persist and stay motivated. The skills they learn to develop positive beliefs and proactive strategies to combat pessimistic thinking draw on pioneering work of Martin Seligman, a leading figure in positive psychology.
  • Understanding resilience
  • Understanding your emotional range
  • Recognising your ups and downs
  • The resilience model – Overcome > Steer Through > Bounce Back > Reach out
  • Use the 4A's model Awareness | Acceptance | Adjustment | Action
  • Understanding how to build your resilience reserves
  • Develop your personal resilience strategy
  • Your personal action plan:
    • 2 x Professional
    • Personal
Where am I now?
  • Review your own personal resilience inventory
    • Awareness
    • Acceptance
    • Sustainable Strategies
    • Proactive Strategies
    • Productive Strategies
Participants develop the capacity to withstand and adapt to life's challenges, by providing a simple range of activities to boost positive mood and manage negative emotions. It shows how the brain, body and emotions are linked and how people can change the way they feel to create an upward spiral of positive emotion that increases resilience. This workshop is based on the latest emotional intelligence and neuroscience research by Barbara Fredrickson, Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte.
  • Understand the positive habits involved in a Growth Mindset and how to develop them
  • Learn communication strategies to increase positive impact and reduce negativity
  • Gain practical tips for building a positive attitude at work and home
  • Learn about behavioural drivers, how to recognise them and manage them
  • Develop awareness about how your behaviours affect others
  • Understand Fixed vs Growth Mindsets, and how to choose between them
  • Your personal action plan:
    • 2 x Professional
    • Personal
Where am I now?
  • Review your own personal attitude inventory
Participants learn how much of our happiness is determined by the attitudes and choices we make and explore ways to become flexible, positive and motivated by adopting a growth mindset. Based on research by Carol Dweck which clearly shows that our intelligence is malleable and that you can create a growth mindset which makes you more motivated, productive and happy.
Now (Mindfulness)
  • Understand the power of mindfulness and three essentials for paying close attention in the moment
  • Learn three powerful skills to get you more in tune with the moment: curiosity, savouring and flow
  • Gain practical tips for living in the now at work and home
  • Learn about the science between your mind and measurable health such as antibody levels
  • Learn how to reframe counterproductive emotions such as anxiety, into constructive mindsets such as curiosity
  • Your personal action plan:
    • 2 x Professional
    • Personal
Where am I now?
  • Review your own personal mindfulness inventory
Participants learn tools for living in the now and enjoying the present moment. This skill involves training ourselves to be more mindful so we can put things into perspective, gain more emotional control and feel more engaged.
  • Understand how gratitude works and how to get and share the benefits of this life-affirming practice
  • Learn three gratitude practices that are scientifically proven, and fun
  • Experience the powerful reciprocity of gratitude
  • Gain practical tips for building gratitude into your everyday life
  • Your personal action plan:
    • 2 x Professional
    • Personal
Where am I now?
  • Review your own personal gratitude inventory
Participants learn how to boost their happiness and that of others by expressing gratitude and appreciation. This simple action is one of the most powerful tools to increase positive emotions and keep people energised and healthy. It's a powerful antidote to negative emotion and depression.
Energy /Excitement
  • Understand the science of laughter and the benefits of feel-good chemicals for our body and brain
  • Learn how to use your body to generate energy, release tension and reset the negativity button
  • Gain practical tips for making more things fun at work and home
  • Understand the energy chart, and how to recognise your current quadrant, and shift your thinking into quadrants that are most constructive for the situation
  • Your personal action plan:
    • 2 x Professional
    • Personal
Where am I now?
  • Review your own personal energy inventory
Participants learn about the science of laughter, elevation and the benefits of feel good chemicals for your body and brain. Research shows the benefits of fun and laughter in reducing stress, improving heart rate, muscle activity, digestion and immune systems.
  • Understand what strengths are and how to use and develop them to realise more of your potential
  • Understanding 'Flow' or being in the zone, and how you can perform at your peak
  • Develop greater clarity on your own strengths
  • Learn how to spot strengths in people, identify what energises them and give positive feedback that motivates them to perform at their best
  • Gain practical tips for using your strengths at work and home
  • Develop awareness of how you can contribute more to the team, and how you can help others contribute more and enjoy their role more
  • Your personal action plan:
    • 2 x Professional
    • Personal
Where am I now?
  • Reflect on your own strengths and how to develop increased awareness
Strengths are a pre-existing capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking or feeling that is authentic and energising to the user. When used, people feel happier, more confident, more resilient, and more engaged in their self-development. It's informed by extensive research into strengths psychology by Alex Linley, Chris Peterson and Robert Biswas-Diener.