Happiness really is a skill that we can all learn, and that will last a lifetime. However, struggles and difficulties are a part of life – we can’t be happy all of the time! Sometimes things can happen that make us feel sad, angry, upset or afraid. Being happy isn’t about ignoring these feelings but learning how to respond in the most constructive way we can. Happiness is about emotional health and wellbeing – being able to make the most of the good times and to cope with the bad – so that we can experience the best possible life. Oh, and research shows that being happy also makes us healthier.
ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO TRY
Here are three Thursday Thought ideas for you to try during Scottish Children’s Health Week.
ACTIVITY 1 | A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for happiness. If we have too little sleep, it can make us grumpy, easily upset and less able to concentrate and learn. It can also mean we want to eat sugary foods that aren’t good for us and make us less likely to want to exercise. Action For Happiness has some great Top Tips to make sure you get a good night’s sleep every night.
ACTIVITY 2 | CLOUD SPOTTING
This common activity encourages you to relax and take your mind off other things. This activity can be done alongside deep breathing to really help you to chill out. All you have to do is stay as still as you can and simply watch the clouds go
ACTIVITY 3 | HAPPY STANDING
When you smile, your brain knows, and actually keeps track of it! The more you smile, the more effective you are at breaking the brain’s natural tendency to think negatively. If you smile often enough, you end up rewiring your brain to make positive patterns more often than it does negative ones (www.laughology.co.uk). When you stand in a positive way it can tell your brain you feel happy. Practice standing in a happy way. Practice standing in a sad way. Do you feel different when you stand in these ways? Standing in a positive way or ‘power posing’ can help you feel better. Practice happy standing to help you and others feel better.