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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The Importance of writing letters
Read this article on the importance and benefits of hand writing letters.
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:
1. Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2019). Gratitude and well being: the benefits of appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 7(11), 18–22. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010965/
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