Digital Engagement Module

Lesson 6: Best Possible Self

Before you start the lesson, make sure to read through the lesson overview and the lesson preparation. The Facilitator Guide can also help you prepare.

Lesson Overview

Lesson Preparation

Begin Lesson

Begin Lesson


You are going to do an exercise that will allow you to be as creative as you want to be: You’re going to imagine what your life might be like 40 years from now.


Start by inviting students to close their eyes or to look at a spot on the floor in front of them and to take a few deep breaths.


Take a moment to imagine your life 40 years from now. Things have gone as well as you possibly could have hoped. Silently visualize your answers to my next questions.

  • What will you be doing?
  • Who will be in your life?
  • What will be most important to you?

Give students the “Best Possible Self” handout and ask them to complete it on their own. When students have finished, give students the opportunity to share either their writing or their thoughts about this process with each other or with the whole class, if they feel comfortable doing so.

  • Ask students to reflect on whether this exercise confirmed their sense of purpose or if they aren’t sure of their purpose, did it give them any clues or insight into what their purpose might be?

Understanding our sense of purpose, can not only help us in our daily lives, but it can also ensure we are practicing positive online engagement that showcases our best possible self and drives us toward our purpose.


(in class or homework)

Reflection After the Practice
  • How did students respond to this practice? Did they find it helpful in helping them decide what their purpose might be?

End Lesson

You've finished the lesson

This lesson is being shared through collaboration with the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. The Purpose Challenge Toolkit was created by Dr. Kendall Cotton-Bronk in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center and Prosocial. For more information, visit: &

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