Welcome to the Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) – a simple framework designed to improve people’s health, happiness and wellbeing by focusing on six areas – Body, Mind, Spirit, People, Place and Planet. This monthly newsletter provides a roundup of the latest wellbeing tips, activities, research and resources to inspire better health and wellbeing. Tap into them — for yourself, your families, workplaces, schools and communities — and help create a happier world for us all.
This month we focus on the importance of kindness, the art of Origami practices and appreciation for aspects of nature such as jellyfish!
Why not use these inspiring international days to create a focal point for wellbeing activities in your school, workplace or community?
1st November – World Vegan Day
World Vegan Day is celebrated as a day for exchanging ideas with like-minded people and to honour veganism. Why not take the time to educate yourself on the vegan lifestyle and its benefits for both our body and the planet with evidence based resources. You can even get involved by gathering with friends or family to cook a vegan dish or eat out and try a new recipe!
3rd November – World Jellyfish Day
Photo by Bruce H. Obison on Naotional Geographic Kids
Jellyfish have been around for over 500 million years, even longer than dinosaurs! There are many speculations as to why that may be, but scientists have observed a number of potentially contributing factors such as: their need for little oxygen, their capacity to survive in any water, eat a diverse diet, reproduce and survive on little food.
Fun fact: Jellyfish have travelled to space with the help of NASA!
11th November – International Origami Day
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding which is now often used as an umbrella term for all folding practices globally. Many objects can be used to practice this hobby such as towels and napkins, but the simplest way to try it out is with paper! Why not test your skills on International Origami Day.
13th November – World Kindness Day
“There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams. Kindness can be enacted anywhere with little effort, but a great impact. In fact, acts of kindness have been shown positively impact both the person being kind and the recipient of this act. Take the time on World Kindness Day to reflect on the kindness you share in your day-to-day life.
Watch this TedTalk on the power of kindness to be reminded of the importance of active kindness in the world.
Watch this TedTalk on the myths and benefits of veganism.
Don’t believe jellyfish have been to space? Read this article to find out how and why they were sent there, you might be surprised by the outcome!
Acts of Kindness
Want to implement acts of kindness into your life but not sure where to start? Why not take one of these acts of kindness examples as inspiration.
Origami: A New Hobby
Why not try one of these free Origami resource sheets to get you started? You could make an Origami Yoda, a butterfly or even a car
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