Wellbeing is a much talked about key to happiness and overall life enjoyment. In John 10:10 Jesus told us, "...I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” And in Matthew 6:33 we are told "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” With these assurances, we have to ask ourselves, “Why worry?” But of course, as humans and sinners, we do.
The October edition of Education Review talked about the UK New Economics Foundation’s research and development of a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing:
- Connect – with people around you; friends, family, colleagues and neighbours
- Be active – walk, run, go outside
- Take notice – be curious, catch sight of the beautiful (or as teachers have discussed in worship – look for the rainbows in our lives)
- Keep learning – try new things, engage in learning
- Give – do something nice for strangers (or as one of our PB4L values states – Service)
These are some great strategies for us to enact. The article goes on to suggest that we ‘devise our own wellbeing plan and identify supports and stress management strategies’. In doing so we may ‘recognise that wellbeing doesn’t just happen – an individual must put things in place, and cultivate healthy routines and habits.’
So much of what we do at Heritage College already revolves around these ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’. In what areas of your lives do you need to make changes to improve your personal and family wellbeing? Around your dinner table tonight, start a conversation about what you are doing well and what you might be able to do as a family to increase your wellbeing and sense of happiness.
Maybe it is necessary to devise a plan and be intentional about how you allocate your time. May be, it is as simple as seeking God’s kingdom first so that we may live an abundant life.
Deputy Principal Primary