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Published: 29/10/2019
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Using the 'Ten Keys to Happier Living' as a framework for the teaching of emotional wellbeing and happier living skills

Writers Val Payne and Peter Harper give teaching suggestions for the ten keys to happier living, which is central to the Action for Happiness movement. This resource accompanies Val and Peter's article, 'Teaching emotional wellbeing skills'. In this resource, Val and Peter provide teaching activities for the 'GREAT DREAM' acronym: Giving, Relating, Exercising, Awareness, Trying out, Direction, Resilience, Emotions, Acceptance, Meaning.

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Acceptance: be comfortable with who you are

Learning to accept ourselves and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong increases our enjoyment of life.

Individual: Ask the students to think of and list all the things that they like about themselves, their strengths and/or something that they can do. Challenge them to write an advert for someone to step into their shoes for the day.

Group/class: Create strength tokens or badges and encourage the students to nominate others in the class to receive these as an award at the end of the week.


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Lynne Coulter
Lynne Coulter
Looking at this for my pupils initially, but also think I need to practise what I preach and do this myself. Think I might share with colleagues too. Thank you.
Posted on 28th March 2021
Lessons for us all as individuals...Helen Williams
Lessons for us all as individuals...Helen Williams
Shared with colleagues old and new all over the world!
Posted on 20th December 2019

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