Happiness really is a skill that we can all learn that will last for a lifetime. Being happy is not just about feeling good. Happiness is also about emotional health and wellbeing and being able to make the most of the good times and cope with the bad ones, to 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 #BEHAPPY ideas for you to try during Scottish Children’s Health Week.
ACTIVITY 1 | THINK OF AN ACTION SONG THAT HELPS YOU FEEL HAPPY
For example: If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap, clap), If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap, clap), If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap, clap). You can add as many verses as you can think of: if you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp, stomp), if you’re happy and you know it, run around (run, run), if your happy and you know it, jump up and down (jump, jump), etc.
ACTIVITY 2 | MAKE A FAVOURITE SNACK
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is essential to stay happy. When your body is fuelled, your brain and mind will be fuelled too. Think of your favourite snack. Is this a fruit salad, smoothie, biscuit, cake, sandwich, or something else? Make your favourite snack and eat it with someone special. Invite a friend, a sibling, a parent or carer. You could set the table in a special way or have a picnic outside on a blanket.
ACTIVITY 3 | GO TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE FOR A LITTLE WHILE
Everyone has a place in the world that makes them feel happy. Is yours a favourite corner in your room, a den you’ve made under a table, or somewhere else entirely? Is it indoors or outdoors? Maybe it’s an imaginary place inside a story or book that makes you feel happy to think about. Is it a place you visit with friends or family? Write down or draw why this place makes you feel happy and remember it when you want a pick me up.
We are delighted to have partnered with ENABLE Scotland for #BEHAPPY Thursday! ENABLE Scotland have provided us with two fun and game activities called “Full Body Rock, Paper, Scissors” and “Funny Selfies” which you can find out about in the SCHW 2022 Activity Book!