Persistence means I work hard to finish what I start. I don’t give up.

“If Perseverance (persistence) is your top strength, you work hard to
finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in
timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take
satisfaction in completing tasks”.

According to Angela Duckworth it is “grit” that makes people
successful. Grit is a combination of passion and persistence
(perseverance) and can grow. Grit is a bit like drive and is the secret to
outstanding achievement.


Gratitude & Mindfulness

Gratitude means being thankful for the good things that happen to you and thanking others often.

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you’re doing and taking your time.

This week why don’t you have a go at paying attention to all the things that you’re grateful for? (i.e. being mindfully thankful?) This will be sure to boost your wellbeing.

My Gratitude Jar

This is a 5 minute guided meditation for gratitude.


Problem Solving

Having a range of problem-solving skills on board enable us to cope with challenges we may fact in the future. The World Health Organisation identifies problem-solving as a key skill for health. Problem solving is about being able to think critically and evaluate the consequences of various actions.









Love as a character strength refers to the way we approach or value close loving relationships with others. Love is reciprocal which means the willingness to love others and accept love from others.

The four types of love are:

  • Attachment love: parent for child; child for parent
  • Compassionate/altruistic love: kindness
  • Companionate love: friendship
  • Romantic love: spouse/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend



Three steps to self compassion

  1. Talk to yourself as you would your best friend (i.e. make sure your self talk is kind)
  2. Be kind to others and think kindly about others – (remember that we are all in this together)
  3. Take some time out and take three or more deep breaths (practice mindfulness)

Write a letter to yourself OR write a poster of things you can say to yourself

SF 5

Loving Kindness Meditation


Kindness & Self Compassion

Kindness is doing and saying things to make others feel happy.

Self-compassion is about being kind to ourselves and we can do this by using positive self-talk and mindfulness.

Students could draw themselves with thought bubbles including ideas of things they can do or say to themselves to show self-compassion.


People who are prudent think carefully and make smart choices.

Sometimes this can mean taking on the position of a leader by being a positive bystander. It can also mean applying strategies that can be used in situations one may feel uncomfortable.

The Kids helpline website has a series of social stories or scenarios which can help children when faced with uncomfortable situations. There are also ideas of where to seek help when other avenues such as family/teachers/friends etc have been explored.




There is a saying that laughter is the best medicine and studies have shown that sharing a laugh can reenergise the body, alleviate stress, help with sleep and make everyone feel brighter.

You could try…..

  • Two words – tickle fight!
  • Sing a nursery rhyme, and mess up the words or change the story to include funny words.
  • Play ‘Red light/Green light’, but substitute red light for a funny word.
  • See who can make the best funny face.
  • Tell jokes.
  • Pretend you are sleeping (cue exaggerated snores) then wake up startled and give them a fright.
  • Insist that under no circumstances can your child laugh or smile (reverse psychology can work a treat!)

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors read and written by Drew Daywalt

Babies laughing at dogs



“I forgive people who hurt me and give people a second chance. I put my sadness behind me and move forward”.

Forgiveness means letting go of hard feelings like anger, sadness, or frustration that happen when you or someone else makes a mistake. It’s saying “Thank you” or “That’s okay” when someone apologises and not staying upset about what they did. It’s having patience with yourself and others, and recognising that no one is perfect—everyone makes mistakes.  It’s letting go of hurt feelings, and moving ahead, ready to do things. It doesn’t mean that all of a sudden what someone did doesn’t hurt or isn’t wrong. It means that you find it in your heart to give the person another chance.

In many ways Forgiveness is about taking power back by “flipping” the mood/situation. I use the analogy of the sparkle jars. Harbouring hurt or anger as a result of someone hurting your feelings can feel like a whirlwind in your tummy but as soon as you forgive it can lead to a sense of calm like when the sparkles fall to the bottom of the jar.

Little Life Message: The best revenge is to move on and find your happy.

Forgiveness Activities:

  • Take 20 minutes and write about the personal benefits that resulted from a negative incident.
  • Think of someone who wronged you recently. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their perspective.
  • Write a forgiveness letter. You don’t have to send it, but read it to yourself each day for a week.
  • If someone hurts or upsets you, try to understand things from their perspective, then think about whether your reaction is hurting them or you.

Persistence and Growth Mindset

WHAT IS GROWTH MINDSET? (from big life journal)

We all have beliefs about our own abilities and potential. These beliefs are part of our mindset which is so powerful it can fuel our behaviour and predict our success. Mindset shapes our everyday lives, helping us interpret our experiences and future possibilities.

In her research at Stanford University, Dr. Carol Dweck identified two different types of mindsets. Growth mindset occurs when we believe our intelligence and abilities can be improved upon with effort and the right strategies.

A willingness to confront challenges, a passion for learning and viewing failure as a springboard for growth are all characteristics associated with a growth mindset. Not surprisingly, this type of mindset is strongly linked to greater happiness and achievement in life.

In contrast, those with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence and abilities cannot be altered in a meaningful way. As a result, mistakes are often seen as failures rather than opportunities to grow and learn. When stuck in a fixed mindset, we may fear new experiences, avoid risks, and feel the need to repeatedly prove ourselves over and over.

The best thing about knowing about a growth mindset is knowing that you have the power to change your brain!

Your brain is like a muscle and the connections (neural pathways) between areas of your brain strengthen and grow with practise.

This clip explains the process…

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain….