Adrian Bethune is author of 'Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness' (Bloomsbury, 2018). Adrian is a teacher and Healthy Body and Mind leader at a primary school in Hertfordshire. In 2012, he was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal at the House of Lords for his work on developing wellbeing in schools. Adrian is the founder of www.teachappy.co.uk @AdrianBethune. Here he explores the benefits of showing kindness, and how the smallest acts can make a big impact.

by Adrian Bethune
11th October 2019



What research says about kindness When we are kind to others, we often feel happier. This is because prosocial behaviour triggers the release of dopamine in our brains. Dopamine is a hormone that makes us feel good, lowers our stress levels and generally... read more


Sue Wheeler is a former teacher, now specialising in safeguarding and digital citizenship training and consultancy @safeinyourhands. Here she shares her observations about the effects of social media on young people’s mental health.

by Sue Wheeler
11th October 2019



The good and bad of social media Social media brings some wonderful benefits. It has changed the way we communicate with each other. We can share what matters to us with our friends immediately. It has the power to motivate people. It allows young... read more


Adrian Bethune is author of 'Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide to Teaching Happiness' (Bloomsbury, 2018). Adrian is a teacher and Healthy Body and Mind leader at a primary school in Hertfordshire. In 2012, he was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal at the House of Lords for his work on developing wellbeing in schools. Adrian is the founder of www.teachappy.co.uk @AdrianBethune. Here he explains the value of mindfulness and how we can teach it.

by Adrian Bethune
9th October 2019



Mindfulness: the research A recent meta-analysis of randomised control trials looked at the impact mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) had on young people. When compared to the control groups, young people that had practised mindfulness showed ... read more


Val Payne has over 30 years’ experience in education and social care. Peter Harper is a consultant clinical psychologist in part-time independent practice. He retired from the NHS after 25 years of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. They are the authors of '50 Ways to Feel Happy' and volunteer for Action for Happiness. Here, they explain why it is important to teach emotional wellbeing skills, and in the accompanying resource, they share a range of strategies.

by Val Payne and Peter Harper
9th October 2019



The importance of teaching emotional wellbeing skills in schools Conversations about children, young people and schools often focus with concern on the growing prevalence of mental health issues. Diagnosable conditions such as anxiety and depression... read more



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