Happiness is a term that captures a huge variety of positive emotions such as humour, serenity, optimism, joy, pride, inspiration, love and hope. Happiness means different things to different people, which is essential to your understanding of emotional literacy. Throughout history, philosophers, religious writers and poets have pondered on the meaning of happiness and how it may be achieved. In the last few decades, scientists and psychologists have been doing extensive research on a field of science called 'Positive Psychology'.
The result of this research suggests that there is a strong correlation between gratitude and greater happiness. Practising gratitude helps you to shift your focus to positive memories or experiences by noticing the good in your life. Over time, this will rewire your brain to create new neural pathways, increasing your state of happiness and overall wellbeing.
At Siena, we are blessed with an environment that fosters positive relationships. House Group Teachers share a unique relationship with their students where they can celebrate House victories, participation and individual achievements. These relationships build on the Respectful Relationships curriculum and are supported by teachers who set classroom norms upon consultations with students to ensure that the learning environment is a safe and supportive space for all.
Students are encouraged to seek support within and outside the classroom to learn this life skill which can be developed throughout their time at Siena and beyond. Our Heads of House, Director of Students and College Counsellors are a great support to students across all year levels. A counselling services self referral form has recently been shared with students and it is heartening to see an increase in the number of students utilising this service.
SchoolTV provides parents and guardians with an opportunity to learn more about how to achieve happiness and the benefits of practising gratitude. Here is the link to the many resources available.
“Happiness is not the result of bouncing from one joy to the next; achieving happiness typically involves times of considerable discomfort. It’s more than simply a positive mood, it’s a state of wellbeing that encompasses living a good life.” Dr Michael Carr-Gregg