Benefit Mindset


Our mindset shapes our perceptions of the world and people around us and influences our values, beliefs and actions. Mindsets are malleable and, with effort and time, we can develop and change our mindset which can have a positive impact on our resilience and well-being.

“Bringing together two areas of research – a “being well” perspective from positive psychology and a socially and ecologically orientated “doing good” perspective…”

(Buchanan & Kern, 2017)

Benefit Mindset

The Benefit Mindset model was developed by Ash Buchanan and builds on Dweck’s theory of Fixed and Growth Mindset – as well as finding ways to develop our abilities and embrace challenge, it encourages us to consider our contribution to the well-being of others. Benefit Mindset highlights the interdependence of everything and thus our impact on other people and the world. As Buchanan says – we live in extraordinary times and face complex challenges. Some of these are natural, some are man-made. As a global community we can work together to try and find solutions to these and create a world that works for all of us. We can move from being ‘me’ focused and broaden our thoughts and behaviours to become more ‘we’ focused.

Developing our ability to think about others and our impact on the planet has always been important. The Benefit Mindset model sets out an engaging path to do this and Buchanan shares some great free resources to inspire action.  

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Ideas to Explore

The Benefit Mindset website has some excellent free resources to explore, including images, videos, slides, activities and an informative Schools Guide.

Taken from: Benefit Mindset Schools Guide 2020, Ashley Buchanan

Further Reading

Buchanan, A. & Kern, M. L. (2017). The benefit mindset: The psychology of contribution and everyday leadership. International Journal of Wellbeing, 7(1), 1-11

Published by Improve My Well-being

Laura is an experienced mentor and teacher, with a MSc Applied Positive Psychology (Distinction). She enjoys living and working in multicultural environments and is passionate about promoting social well-being. Blogging is her outlet to share and explore well-being initiatives and practices with as many people as possible.

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