Gratitude, Kindness and Self-awareness
Keeping a gratitude journal is one of the most well-established happiness practices and the easiest to do. Practicing gratitude encourages us to reflect on three positives a day. Research has shown that practicing gratitude in this way increases a sense of happiness as well as a range of physical, psychological and social benefits.
Much research is currently being done into the wide ranging and profound emotional and physical benefits of kindness. In particular, studies with children show that behaviour leading to the enhanced welfare of others (kindness!) promotes increased physical and mental wellbeing.
Self-awareness and allowing us to show a true range of emotions is a proven route to happiness. ‘emoji of the day’ encourages children to reflect on their emotions on a daily basis.