Wellbeing is about feeling good, functioning well, and whanaungatanga.

Good wellbeing is fundamental to your overall health - affecting how well you can overcome difficulties and achieve what you want to in life. Healthy hauora is strongly linked to happiness.

Wellbeing affects students’ engagement with learning, their social and emotional behaviour and their overall satisfaction with life at school.

There are ways to improve wellbeing. The best news is tamariki wellbeing can be enhanced when evidence-informed practices (like the Sparklers activities) are used by kura, in partnership with whānau and the community.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Sparklers activities are based on Five Ways to Wellbeing – simple actions which, research shows, will improve the way you’re feeling if you practice them often.

Building these actions into your everyday life can improve your hauora and boost your resilience; many of these will already be an important part of the experience for tamariki at school.

To learn more about the Five Ways, check out this simple guide from The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.