At the end of last year, Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther went to Swinburne University to listen to a man named Hugh talk about resilience. Resilience is the ability to look on the bright side of life and ‘bounce back’ when things don’t go your way. We have been learning about resilience as part of UPPS’s ‘Bounce Back’ program.
Hugh talked about a lot of things, including what makes people more happy. He has read lots of books about it and visited countries around the world. He said there are three things that can change your mood quickly and make you feel happy.
Hugh showed everyone at the meeting a YouTube clip and we have watched it too. It made us laugh and put us in an even better mood than we were in.
We have Random Dance Breaks in 5/6 Team. At the start of the week we all learn a new song. Throughout the week when we least expect it, the music comes on and we stand up and dance. As soon as the music is finished we sit down and go on with what we were doing – like it never happened! Except, our minds are refreshed and we feel full of energy to keep learning. We shared our dance at assembly today.
Hugh said that happy people are also grateful people. He said that if you write down three new things you are grateful for everyday for 21 days then your brain stops looking for bad things and starts looking for good things. We have started to look for moments that we are grateful for each day. At the moment we are sharing them at class meetings. Soon we will start writing them in our diaries so we can look back on them during the year.
Here are some of the things 5/6 Team members are grateful for:
* Being elected as School/House Captain
* Having friends to play with
* A roof over my head
* A supportive family who come to see me at school
* An unexpected hug from my sister at recess
* Mum cooking my favourite meal as a surprise
* Mum making me lunch every day
What dance do you think we should do next?
What are you grateful for?
How do you include music, exercise and laughter in your life?
Edited to add:
After ‘The Macarena’ we learnt ‘The Nutbush’. Due to popular demand, here is a video of us in action!
The music started as we were packing away our reading books, getting our 10am healthy snack and getting ready for the next session. Some of us were on the floor eating and some of us were putting our books away. When the music starts, we stop what we are doing and dance – where ever we may be in the classroom!