About Us

The Habits of Happiness for Schools

Our project - The Habits of Happiness –

The habits of happiness was designed by Samantha based on her years of experience and understanding of anxiety, the mind, emotions and supporting people to live their best life possible.

Samantha joined with Vanessa Charlton to ignite their vision to support young children in gaining the skills to navigate through life. The project builds on what is already being taught in schools about resilience, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and growth mindset.

The unique aspect of this project is that it combines many positive skills into a short 10 minute morning routine that, when practised regularly, helps to develop positive healthy habits that support the emotional, mental and physical wellbeing of the children and adults.

In the current situation these life skills can really help with the anxious feelings caused by all the concern and changes in daily life. There has been a lot of research into all of these areas. We have tried to distil it to the simplest form so that it can be easily understood and put in to practice.

Brain research shows that positive emotions are good for our bodies, minds, and brains. All of these tools aim to increase positive emotions , such as happiness, calm, content, peace, joy.

A brief summary of the key points:

* Happiness– We are not talking about the momentary happiness of receiving a gift but more the general positive feelings of ease and contentment and being able to understand and navigate all emotions. Happiness is unique to each person. But it is generally about the way we feel, our positive emotions, our internal happiness. We can learn to become happier. We can achieve this by training our brain out of the habit of looking at the negatives and into more positive habits. When we feel the more positive ‘happy emotions’ our body releases beneficial hormones such as oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin etc which promote the healthy function of our body and mind.

* Habits – Why are we talking about Habits?
Unknowingly we do things over and over again. And some can create negative behaviours or emotions that don’t support us. Therefore becoming aware of our habits, means that we have the opportunity to change them in to more helpful, positive ones. This is why we are teaching these tools:

1- Intention - Our ‘mood’ and perspective can filter through our whole day. Just like ‘getting out of the wrong side of bed’. So when we set an intention we are consciously choosing how we want to feel during the day and our mind is guided towards those more positive feelings.

2- Affirmation – We can easily get caught out by negative thoughts about ourselves, we often don’t realise we’re thinking them. They can stop us from trying new things or enjoying the things we do. Repeating an Affirmation each morning helps to grow and instil positive feelings
about ourselves.

3- Gratitude – Being grateful for the big and small things that we have in our lives can help to train the brain to look for the positives.

4 – Meditation – There are many types of meditation. We are using a short and simple breath meditation. When our breathing becomes regular it calms the fight, flight or freeze response and brings us back in to a calm mental, physical and emotional state.

5 – Goals - Big goals can sometimes overwhelm us which can unintentionally prevent us from moving towards them. Creating a daily habit of setting small personal goals trains our mind and body to be more comfortable with goal setting which can help children become more

6 - The power of visualisation is amazing because the brain does not know the difference between when we are imagining something or actually experiencing it. For example: if you imagine eating a lemon – our body responds by salivating.We are often visualising things without realising it, and it can often be negative predictions. So here we are giving a tool to promote more positive use of this natural ability that we all have. Many sports people use visualisation to practice envisioning their goals being achieved – scoring a goal, swimming their fastest race. And this involves seeing and feeling it happen in advance of doing it.
7 – Movement – Movement can be used to change our emotions and the way we feel in our bodies. Moving our body in a lively way can help lift our emotions , just as moving our body in a calm way can bring a sense of peace. When we combine these all into a simple morning routine and repeat them, it creates wonderful positive habits that have infinite positive impacts. The easiest way to understand these tools is to try them! So, we will be providing videos that will be available online. Please do join us. More information will be emailed to you.