Kids

Feeling happy is the best feeling there is! And this page has heaps of fun activities you can do to feel happier every day.

Gratitude

This is when you think about things you are thankful for (like friends, ice-cream and funny jokes!).

Empathy

Being kind to other people is a special kind of magic — because it makes us feel good too!

Mindfulness

Sometimes things can be TOO exciting and make our heads spin! But slowing down and taking big breaths can help a lot.

Emotional Literacy

It’s ok to feel sad, grumpy or scared sometimes. But knowing your feelings will help you feel better quicker.

Let’s Practise!

If you want to learn to ride a skateboard or get better at maths, you need to practise. It’s the same when you want to feel happier!

Here are some easy ideas to give Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy a try every day. Because the more you practise, the better you will feel.

Gratitude

Draw or tell someone about something that made you feel good today. It could be something as simple as patting a nice dog or as big as winning a running race! Try to do this at the end of every day.

Empathy

Keep an eye out for how others are feeling today. Maybe you could invite a classmate who doesn’t have anyone to play with at lunchtime to join you. Or if a family member seems a bit sad, give them a hug. Try to show empathy to at least one person every day.

Mindfulness

Spend some time each day on a quiet activity, like a puzzle, colouring in, drawing or LEGO. These are good breaks for your brain – and fun too!

Emotional Literacy

During dinner, play an emotion guessing game – asking each family member to pull a face of an emotion they felt that day and see who can name the emotion first!

Activities to try this month

Minfulness

Mindful Origami

1h 30m

An activity that is fun, creative, mindful AND leaves you with a cute gift that you can give to a friend or family member after? Let’s give Origami a try!

Coming from Japanese culture, Origami is the art of folding paper to create different shapes, objects and animals. A little bit like mindful colouring, you need to focus on the present moment and keep your attention on one thing at a time while making Origami. This can help calm your mind and relax your body (while still having heaps of fun!).

The best part about Origami is that it doesn’t matter if you can’t do it perfectly each time. It’s about practising and focusing on the paper — how it looks, what it feels like, what shape it’s becoming.

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Below are two patterns for you to try by yourself or share with a friend or family member. All you need is a square of paper. Have fun! Origami min
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Emotional Literacy

Wonderful Workouts

30m

Getting nice and sweaty with daily exercise and physical activity isn’t just good for your physical health. It can actually help you sleep better, boost your mood and energy levels, and even improve your concentration in other areas like school work and music lessons!

You should aim to do 60 minutes of exercise each day. This can include playing games at recess and lunch, joining an after-school sport, and walking with your pets or family.

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Below are some examples of exercises to build your own personal workout! Choose the ones you love and grab a friend or family member to try to complete your circuit on a few different days this week. Exercises min Workouts min
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Hold onto your hats and get ready to giggle — it’s time for GEM TV starring the outrageously energetic Martin Heppell! Each episode explores a different evidence-based principle linked to positive mental health — Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness, Emotional Literacy and Connection — while being fun and engaging for children in primary school and younger.

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The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidence-based mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.