SCHOOL IS WHERE WE LEARN.
SO WHY NOT ALSO LEARN TO BE HAPPY?
Educators across the country are taking note: Research shows that instilling and encouraging positive character strengths, such as kindness, compassion and perseverance, can be as important to our children as the basics of learning math and reading. We want our kids to grow up in a world that celebrates character and a generosity of spirit.
#HappyActs provide kids with joy and fulfillment through everyday acts of kindness. They learn how to be happy, share happiness and live positive lifestyles. When we choose to teach our students about happiness, we become the catalyst for positive change in ourselves and others.
Questions to engage students in a discussion about authentic happiness
- If you were to draw happiness, what would be in the picture?
- What do you think makes other people happy?
- What kinds of things can we do to help our (parents, friends, teachers) be happier?
- What do other people do that makes us happier?
You can help make an impact on their lives by creating your school’s own Happiness Wall or hosting a 31-day #HappyActs Campaign. This is a fun, easy way to focus on positive traits, engage kids in a fun activity and become a part of the global movement.
HOW DO YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
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Host a Happiness Wall
Host a #HappyActs Campaign
Invite students to join in fun activities throughout the month of March.
- Have students “show and tell” what makes them the happiest.
- Have them write and perform an original happy song.
- Make a video with a happy dance to the song “Happy,” “Everything Is Awesome,” or “Let It Go.”
- Donate canned goods to a food pantry.
- Make a picture for a friend or sibling.
- Plant a tree or flowers on the school grounds.
- Have students write notes to parents and grandparents telling how much they mean to the child.
- Write notes to a senior center nearby.
- Have a 2 minute silly break where kids can make silly faces for 2 straight minutes.
- Have an all-orange day and encourage each student to wear orange.
- Pledge to do something nice to help your parent, like do the dishes, help with dinner, etc.
- Pick up trash at the playground.
- Have a happy dance/music break at lunch.
Visit the HappyActs Calendar for ideas throughout the month.
A happiness wall is a place full of fun and camaraderie. Students will place cards on the walls after they complete the sentence “I will share happiness by...”
Step 1: Find a perfect spot & start decorating.
A blank wall. A clean whiteboard. A wall in the break room. Any of these places would work well for your #HappyActs Wall. Next, your school’s students, faculty and staff need to know what your happiness wall is about! Write “I will share happiness by...” in big letters at the top of your wall/calendar. Get crafty with borders and colors and draw attention to your wall.
Step 2: Gather supplies.
Make it easy to share #HappyActs on your wall by keeping supplies handy. Sticky notes are a quick, easy way to post Happy Acts. If you are using a white board, keep colored erasable markers handy. You can also apply to receive a free wall kit from Live Happy by visiting happyacts.org/wallkits. Each wall kit includes stickers, wall cards, bracelets and more for your happiness wall.
Step 3: Start sharing!
Break the ice and post your own #HappyActs card on the wall. Then remember to take a photo of it and share it on social media using #HappyActs!
Bonus School Materials!
Download these 4 lesson plans and their corresponding homework assignments specifically created for elementary school students. Each lesson explains a specific theme and offers a classroom lesson and fun activity.
We hope you and your school will join us this March for International Day of Happiness, as we acknowledge and celebrate the importance of happiness, health and well-being in cities across the country. Teach your students how to thrive, and bring out the best in their character.