"I just want my child to be happy!"
But what is "happiness"? How can we assist our children
to live a life that is meaningful and with purpose?
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full“
What is Positive Psychology ...
Positive Psychology promotes a full sense of mental and physical health and wellbeing.
The goal of positive psychology is to help people live their best lives in which they thrive and flourish, not just survive.
Building Your Mental Fitness ...
We often talk about and take note of our physical fitness - we excercise and (try to) eat right ... but what is one thing you have done for your 'mental fitness' today?
Just like physical fitness, to build your mental fitness you must work at it each day to build
strength ,endurance and flexibility. Read More
Have you discovered your strengths yet? Read
Ten tips to improve your mental fitness Read
Paula Robinson recommended
reading Learned Optimism by
Martin Seligman Read Extract
Watch What is Positive Psychology (5 min video)
Is 'wellbeing' the same as 'happiness'? What is 'mindfulness' and 'learned optimism'? When are we in the 'flow'?
Based on the work of Dr Martin Seligman ...
Watch a TED Talk by Dr Martin Seligman HERE.
What makes us who we are?
Watch The Science of Character (8 min video)
What are your child's strengths?
Do you know your own strengths?
Each one of us possess all 24 character strengths below - just in varying degrees making up our own unique profiles.
Take a free 15 minute scientifically-based survey to discover your 5 top unique personality character strengths VIA SURVEY
Activities to try everyday for a week...
WWW - What Worked Well today?
Write down 3 things that well today ... do this each day for a week.
Encourage your child to start a 'Graditude Diary'
Practice makes ..... Building Up Your Strengths
Choose one of your top 5 strengths and use that strength in a different way and in different situations every day for a week.
What did you notice?
Remember - what you focus on grows!
PERMA is the acronym of the vital ingredients of a flourishing life. (Martin Seligman)
VIDEO of Dan Haesler coming soon
* What brings you joy on a day to day basis?
* Are you engaged? Or are you too busy?
* Where and how would you IDEALLY like
to be in the future?
Programs in our Schools
Twenty-seven of our primary schools in our dioceses are implementing KidsMatter Primary, a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools that aims to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. Read More.
The KidsMatter website has practical information for families to support their children's wellbeing. Go to Families Matter.