WoW Newsletter: September 2022

WoW Newsletter: September 2022

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 practicing skills such as reading and writing, the importance of charity and the benefits of gratitude for our spirits, and finally the social importance of educating for peace and sign languages in our communities.


WoW Days of the Month

Why not use these inspiring international days to create a focal point for wellbeing activities in your school, workplace or community?

   1st September – World Letter Writing Day

Letter Writing Day was founded by Richard Simpkin, an Australian author who loves writing handwritten letters. There are many benefits to writing letters, including improving handwriting, strengthening language skills and for creative expression. “How wonderful it is to be able to write someone a letter! To feel like conveying your thoughts to a person, to sit at your desk and pick up a pen, to put your thoughts into words like this is truly marvelous.” Haruki Murakami 

Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash


5th September – International Day of Charity 

The International Day of Charity is celebrated on September 5th in commemoration of the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The day is celebrated with the objective of educating and mobilising others to help others through voluntary work.

Want to get involved but need inspiration? Check out government registered charities through your local government or council website.

Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash


  8th September – International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day was created in 1967 to remind the public of the importance of literacy. Literacy is a major component of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash


  21st September – International Day peace

The International Day of Peace has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly, this is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. This years theme is: End Racism. Build Peace. “Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. It continues to be a driver of persistent inequality. And it continues to deny people their fundamental human rights. It destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments, and… the linkages between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.” Secretary-General, António Guterres

Photo by Duy Pham on Unsplash


  21st September – World Gratitude Day

International gratitude day was established in 1977 in honour of Sri Chinmoy. Gratitude is defined as the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to a person, it is a state of thankfulness and appreciation (1). Moreover, the regular practice of gratitude has been linked better overall wellbeing (1). “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

Photo by Donald Giannatti on Unsplash


  23rd September – International Day of Sign Languages

The International Day of Sign Language is a day celebrated by the United Nations which supports and protects the linguistic identity of all deaf people and sign language users. This year’s theme is: Building Inclusive Communities for All

  Watch and Listen:

Watch this video from the founder of Letter Writing Day, on why it is important to write letters.

Watch this video from the United Nations on the importance of achieving global literacy as a sustainable development goal.

Great Articles & Websites:

 The Importance of writing letters

Read this article on the importance and benefits of hand writing letters. 

 Reading challenges

Want to stay accountable of your reading this year? Try one of these activities alone or with a friend. Try a Guardian book swap or start a reading challenge

  Practicing Gratitude

Want to start practicing gratitude but don’t know where to start? This website shares a number of activities which you can follow, these include:

  • The “What Are You Grateful For?” game
  • The “What Would You Feel Without it?” game
  • Prompts for writing “Thank You” postcards


1. Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2019). Gratitude and well being: the benefits of appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 7(11), 18–22.

Need help?

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Concerned about the health and safety of yourself, family or friends?

  • If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national 24-hour Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.  You can get the latest updates here: government advice on Coronavirus 
  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis: Lifeline Australia or phone 13 11 14 
  • visit Beyond Blue to access their Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

Financial difficulties?

  • Click here for information on the government’s latest coronavirus financial support.


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