Ania Hildebrandt-Mrozek, from Poland, invites you cordially and warmly to actively participate in the 2nd National Week of Happiness at School, which will be celebrated September 20-26, 2021. She tells more about it here:
This is the second time the event has been held in Poland. The idea originated from the International Week of Happiness at Work, celebrated at the same time. Also, this year, our Happiness at School activities were officially included in the international celebration.
The purpose of National Happiness at School Week is to demonstrate that happiness and well-being directly affect educational outcomes. Research shows that people who experience happiness at school and at work live healthier, longer, better lives. Feeling happy promotes resilience, creativity, engagement, but also supports relationship building. It’s a real preventative measure for mental and physical health, especially at such a difficult pandemic time. This is a huge need for all of us.
You can plan multiple activities for the week, either one activity for each day or several. It is important to talk about happiness loudly and literally, to show its many dimensions: from experiencing positive emotions, through experiencing and building lasting relationships, strengthening talents and character, taking care of your health by sleeping and eating well, engaging yourself by setting wise goals which are important for the family, school or neighborhood community.
In the end, we ask you to record a short, 2-3 minute video answering the question: “What is happiness at school for me?”
And posting it on your Facebook profile with a tag:
The event will conclude with a conference on happiness and well-being at school, details of which will be announced shortly.
Below, I give examples of activities that can be used:
- Day of Kindness – a contest of “good words” that edify and positively empower.
- Gratitude Day – expressing gratitude to people who don’t expect it.
- A day of pleasant surprises – arousing surprise and amazement.
- Festival of Laughter – about laughter, with laughter, tongue in cheek, and seriously.
- Celebration of Good Humor – jokes, quips, jokes, old and new, through the prism of generations.
- Good News Day – catching and sharing the good news.
- The Feast of Good Taste – the art of savoring your favorite flavors. The Art of Good Taste.
- The Art of Celebration – celebrating the good moments of the day; the art of savoring images, sounds, smells, etc.
- Celebrate FLOW – what is FLOW when I am experiencing it?
- Celebration of Silence – what can I hear in the silence? Why do I need silence?
By the way, you can focus on one of the slogans and make it an issue worth paying longer attention to in the educational process:
- What is curiosity to you? How do you feel when someone makes you curious? How do you feel when you make someone curious?
- How does curiosity affect learning?
- Why does laughter promote health?
- Is it worth revisiting pleasant memories?
I encourage you to involve other adults (parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends) along with your children. Let it be yours – school, classroom, team, community, neighborhood.
Let’s celebrate good times together. This is how we shape a good life.