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International Happiness Day: Creating Joyful Schools for Children and Teachers

As we celebrate International Happiness Day, it's the perfect time to explore the importance of happiness and wellbeing in educational settings.

Schools play a crucial role in nurturing the emotional wellbeing of both children and teachers, creating a positive environment that fosters learning, growth, and personal development.

Let's delve into the significance of International Happiness Day and what it means for schools, students, and educators.

The Importance of Happiness in Schools

Research has shown that happiness and wellbeing are essential factors in the learning process. Happier students are more engaged, motivated, and likely to succeed academically. Similarly, teachers who experience a high level of wellbeing are more effective, resilient, and better able to form strong relationships with their students (Roffey, 2012).

On International Happiness Day, schools have the opportunity to reflect on the emotional wellbeing of their community and implement strategies that promote happiness among children and teachers.

Strategies for Fostering Happiness in Schools

For Students:

  1. Early Intervention Mental Wellbeing Programmes: Integrating evidence-based mental wellbeing programmes into the curriculum can help students develop crucial skills, such as self-awareness, self-confidence, and healthy habits.

  2. Positive School Culture: Encourage a positive and inclusive school culture where students feel valued, respected, and a sense of belonging. Trauma informed practice is brilliant for implementing this.

  3. Student Voice: Involve students in decision-making processes and give them opportunities to express their thoughts and opinions, fostering a sense of agency and empowerment.

  4. Extracurricular Activities: Offer a diverse range of extracurricular activities that cater to different interests and passions, enabling students to build friendships, develop new skills, and experience joy and fulfilment.

For Teachers:

  1. Work-Life Balance: Encourage a healthy work-life balance for teachers, providing them with opportunities to recharge and maintain their mental and emotional wellbeing.

  2. Professional Development: Offer professional development opportunities that focus on wellbeing, stress management, and self-care strategies for educators.

  3. Collaborative Environment: Foster a supportive and collaborative work environment where teachers feel valued and can share ideas, resources, and experiences with colleagues.

  4. Recognition and Appreciation: Celebrate teachers' achievements, efforts, and dedication, showing appreciation for their hard work and commitment to students' wellbeing and success.

Embracing Happiness on International Happiness Day and Beyond

International Happiness Day is not just about one day of celebration, but rather an ongoing commitment to cultivating happiness and wellbeing in schools for both children and teachers. By implementing these strategies and fostering a joyful school community, we can create an environment where everyone thrives, and learning flourishes.

How will you make your school a happy place to be this week?

Looking for inspiration in how to turn your school into a Happiness Factory?

The origins of how our programme started and evolved into the RISE Up programme features in Phil Mathe’s book ‘Happiness Factories’.

Happiness Factories explores the ideas, concepts and arguments behind an expanded focus in physical education beyond just the physical.

It attempts to discuss the value and benefits of identifying other aspects - whether we call these 'holistic strands', 'character traits', 'life skills' or something else - that we can introduce into our curriculum design to identify other areas that our subject potentially touches on and influences.

Taking the reflections and thoughts of PE educators, leaders and academics from across the world, Happiness Factories seeks to offer reflections and practical ideas for adapting PE provision to widen the impact for all pupils, regardless of their specific contexts.

To purchase a copy of Happiness Factories click on the link here.

The School Wellbeing Scorecard: A Path to Success

As educators, our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for our students. With the complimentary School Wellbeing Scorecard, we can help you take the first step towards achieving this goal.

The scorecard will assess your school in key areas including:

[1] Activities

[2] Habits

[3] Mental Fitness

[4] Whole School Impact

Based on your results, you'll receive a personalised report with practical tips to improve your school's wellbeing provision. The scorecard is just a click away - take it now to start your journey towards a better future for your students.

We hope you got value from today's blog. Get in touch if we can help you achieve your goals.

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