From the Counsellors
Happiness & Gratitude
Cross culturally, positive relationships are regarded as the trump card of happiness and emotional well-being. Happiness conjures up a large variety of positive emotions including as humour, serenity, optimism, joy, pride, inspiration, love and hope. It means different things, to different people but it remains essential to your understanding of emotional literacy. Throughout history, philosophers, religious writers and poets have pondered on the meaning of happiness and how it might be achieved. In the last few decades, a new movement has emerged in the field of science called positive psychology.
The result of this research suggests there is a strong correlation between gratitude and greater happiness. Practising gratitude helps you shift your focus to positive memories or experiences, noticing the good in your life. Over time, this will re-wire your brain to create new neural pathways, increasing your state of happiness and overall wellbeing.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents and care-givers will learn how to achieve happiness and the benefits of practising gratitude. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to this month's edition:
Additional information can be found by following these links:
- Dr Rick Hanson (2016) Hardwiring Happiness
- Scholarly articles for seligman positive psychology
Kathy George and John Pertl
Senior School Counsellors
Danielle Verrilli and Jo Kinniburgh
Junior School Counsellors