Dr Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, joined a team of 55 international researchers in 2001, to research the question: “How can we help young people realise their full potential?” This led to research in what makes life worth living, how we experience a richer life, how we reach optimal well-being and how we can become the best version of ourselves. Thus followed three years of research, which resulted in the identification of the 24 character strengths used by mankind.
This series of blogs helps you understand the 24 scientifically proven character strengths, which help mankind’s wellbeing and quality of life across the globe.
Strength #2 Bravery
7 TIPS FOR FOSTERING BRAVERY IN YOUR CHILDREN
To many people, and especially to young children, the concept of bravery is best illustrated by a favourite superhero, or an emergency services worker, or perhaps a soldier … and mostly encompasses physical acts of courage. But...
In 2001, Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, joined a team of 55 international researchers to research the question: “How can we help young people realise their full potential?” This led to research into what makes life worth living, how we experience a richer life, how we reach optimal well-being and how we can become the best version of ourselves. Thus followed three years of research, which resulted in the identification of the 24 character strengths used by mankind.
This series of blogs helps you understand the 24 scientifically proven character strengths, which help mankind’s well-being and quality of life across the globe.
Strength #1 Creativity
10 TIPS FOR FOSTERING CREATIVITY IN YOUR CHILDREN
Creativity is a really important strength to have somewhere in your toolbox! It’s important to understand that creativity isn’t simply limited to art/music/drama … — it is also vital for science, maths, and even social and...
This year many of us will be out and about with our children. Lots of the places we visit may be new to us, many places will be crowded, there will probably be quite a few things that grab our child’s interest, and they’ll want to go explore. This means that the chances of a child running off, going out of sight, being swept up in a crowd, losing their way … are considerably heightened. SCARY huh?
So we need to be prepared, as a family, so that the chances of a child getting lost is reduced – and if they do get lost then you and your child know EXACTLY what to do so that you can be reunited as quickly as possible. You need to have a PLAN, and I’m here to help you with that.
Summer also brings with it the dangers of water for our children, many people will be around a pool or at the beach – especially with the weather being so hot. It is essential that, when around a pool, you know where your children are EVERY SECOND. It’s not enough...
Little did I know, when I woke this morning, that supermarkets would feature so heavily in my day – for both good and not so good reasons!
I was really interested to hear that Morrison’s supermarkets are introducing a ‘Quieter Hour’ in all its stores nationwide to help the parents of autistic children and others who appreciate a quieter shopping experience. I know, from first hand experience, that many autistic children can find supermarket shopping an anxious experience. Similarly, many adults suffer from conditions where over stimulus and crowds of people can be extremely worrying.
Morrisons have been working closely with The National Autistic Society and it’s ‘Quieter Hour’ was trialled in three of its stores earlier this year. this was after a survey of Morrison’s customers found that one in five had a friend or family member with autism, and that many liked the idea of being able to shop in more comfort at 9-10am on a Saturday.
Acknowledgment – I see you. I value you.
You know when you read a book, and there’s that page with ‘Acknowledgements’ on it? Where the author thanks everyone who has either contributed, or had some kind of impact, or has supported them in some way? I always wanted to be acknowledged in one of those books – ‘Thanks to Jo – my inspiration’, or ‘Thanks to Jo – for making the tea”. I would have been happy with anything!
It’s always great to be acknowledged, isn’t it? I suffer from anxiety, and a lot of the time my anxiety feeds messages into my brain, like “You’re not worthy”, or “You’re invisible”. I think it stems from childhood, with one set of grandparents who were dismissive of any achievement I made and always told me that children should be “seen and not heard”. I was expected to sit still in their presence and “never speak until spoken to”....
Go online, Google it, ask a friend, ask the audience!! You’ll get many different definitions of what well-being actually is. My favourite definition is summed up by The World Health Organisation: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Why is it my favourite? Well, it has everything to do with self-esteem, knowing your worth, understanding yourself as an individual and knowing that you can have value as a person – in work/family/relationships/community. It also has to do with managing emotion, coping with life’s obstacles and finding and using the positive (gratitude/affirmation/meditation …) to enhance and strengthen that well-being.
I put my hand up and say that I have really struggled with well-being over the years. I have had the...
I was recently delighted to be asked to attend the Minds Matter 2018 Conference in London. It was an informative conference, speakers included Amanda Spielman of Ofsted and Neil Leitch. Most of the talks were around the mental health of our very young children, and those who work with them in the Early Years sector. There was also an impressive Awards ceremony, where people who had contributed to the Early Years sector were recognised - I'm not ashamed to say that I shed a few tears! The delight of seeing young people coming into the sector and SHINING! The incredible stories of people who had dedicated forty years to looking after nursery aged children. The inspiring stories of those who've developed new incentives to improve the quality and delivery of learning and development for our young children. Just WOW!
I have worked in the Early Years sector for many years, both in the UK and abroad. I have seen how childcare providers make a difference and enhance the learning and...
This week is mental health awareness week. Any of you who follow my posts/blogs/live videos will know that mental health is a subject very close to my heart. I lost my sister to suicide, I myself have Bipolar Type 2 and I’m currently being treated for PTSD.
This week it has been announced that there has been a rise in the number of Primary School children being referred to mental health services. Think about it – ‘Primary School’ children, how awful is that? 1 in 4 people in this country will be affected by mental health issues in their lifetime – with this figure expected to increase considerably over the next ten years. Couple this with a considerable reduction of mental health services and support available to those affected, and you can see why it’s vital that our children have robust mental health, to help them with whatever the future brings to their life experience.
It’s why I created my Facebook Group – why I’ve written...