Key 10 – Meaning – Be part of something bigger – 21.05.2020

Hello St George’s,

Key 10 – Meaning – Be part of something bigger

Meaning matters for happiness but what does meaning mean?

Meaning is about knowing how you connect and contribute to the world around you.  It’s also about understanding that YOU and what you do matters.  Meaning also means thinking bigger than your own happiness; it’s about how you can help to make the world a happier place too!

Sometimes doing things that are meaningful can be hard work but, once achieved, can lead to a sense of fulfilment and pride.

Happy Fact – People who have a sense of meaning in their lives tend to feel happier.  They are more likely to have more positive emotions, better well-being, higher resilience and more confidence.

Quick Start – The World Around You

How are you connected to the world around you?  Think about your family and friends, your home, clubs or groups you are part of , your school, your pets and the natural world around you – even the stars in the sky above.

Make a Difference

There is lots of ways you can make a difference to the world around you.  For example,

  • Being patient or kind.
  • Making people laugh.
  • Picking up litter.
  • Looking after animals or plants.
  • Helping to cook dinner for your family
  • Creating a beautiful picture for someone to brighten up their day.
  • Recycling your rubbish
  • Volunteering or helping raise money for a charity.

Do you know any difference makers?

Think about a person you know that makes a difference to others or the world around them.  For example, this might be someone who fundraises, volunteers for a charity, helps others learn or looks after people or the environment.  How do you think this contributes to their happiness and the happiness of others.

Ask them about how their actions make a difference.

Make a Meaning Collage

Collect pictures of the most important sources of meaning in your life and use them to create a meaning collage.  For example, you might collect photos of your friends and family, pictures of where you live and the things you do, images of your favourite places, books, songs and games or anything that’s important to you and your life.

How to do it:

  • Each time you discover something that has meaning to you, take a photo, draw or find a picture.
  • When you have lots of pictures, think about why you chose each one and it’s meaning for you.  You could write notes to go with each picture or explain your pictures to a friend.
  • When you’re ready, put your pictures together in a collage.
  • Give your collage a title and write one sentence about what is more important and meaningful for your life as a whole.
  • Display your collage where you can see it regularly.

Enjoy.  Stay well and safe.  xxx

 

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