The Habit of Happiness

By Jordan Britton, Wood’s Homes Youth & Family Counsellor

Happiness seems to be the thing everyone looks to chase, one way or another. Catching it, however, is impossible due to the emotion naturally washing in and out of our lives, similar to the ocean’s tide and its cycles. Like the ocean, controlling this emotion is met with the same futility. Understanding what control we have, and don’t have, over our emotions is crucial in our own self well-being. With this in mind, it’s important to understand that there are ways in which to manipulate more positivity into your life, by which happiness is a pleasant by-product.

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Nature is nurture: How I get my kids to unplug from technology and plug into nature

Wood’s Homes’ property on the north side of the lagoon in Bowness

By Lara Shannon, Wood’s Homes Community Engagement Co-ordinator

There is so much research that shows the mental health benefits of spending time in nature, but how do we get our kids out of the house and away from their devices? With my girls, who are 13 and 15, it is clear how beneficial it is for them to spend quality time in the outdoors every week.

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