HAPPINESS AND WELLBEING
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Esther Rantzen, 0800 11 11. ww.childline.org.uk HAPPINESS means different things to different people. It can be hard to describe happiness and what it means. To work out what happiness means for you, try to think of something that would make you sad if it wasn’t around. This could be people, activities or things.
It’s important to remember that life has ups and downs. No one can be happy all the time. Life is colourful and full of many emotions, and it’s important you allow yourself to feel all of them.
Your emotions and feelings all affect your wellbeing. Wellbeing includes taking care of yourself and learning to cope in difficult situations.
Difficult situations are anything that makes you feel upset, sad or worried. Some examples are falling out with a friend, feeling bad about a test, getting angry with someone or being late for something important.
Some things you can do to help with these feelings are:
Take a break – are you thirsty, hungry or tired?
Take time out for 30 seconds.
Ground yourself by taking a deep breath and focus on your breathing; in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe in for seven seconds, hold for five seconds and breathe out for 13 seconds.
Use your senses to name five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste.
You can also do these things even if you’re feeling okay. Science suggests that people who do this tend to be happier and have better wellbeing.