Although we are all facing a difficult time in the world, there is lots of kindness and optimistic spirit around us. We would like to share these little moments of joy throughout this period to help brighten your days. Have you seen or done anything positive lately? Let us know!
Reach For The Stars
Shine A Light
This clever street artist turns cracks in the pavement into something interesting!
Power In Me
Singing their hearts out; schools, families and children around the world came together in a joyous virtual choir.
Doggo World Record!
Finley Molloy is a very good boy and has broken the record for the amount of tennis balls in his mouth – 6.
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The Ultimate Fort
We’ve all made a fort from the sofa and bedsheets right? From a Wigwåm to a Förtress, level up your fort skills with IKEA’s instructions to try at home.
The Company Meeting
Who’s a good dog? You’re a good dog! Olive and Mabel were set for a serious talk with their boss recently aka sports commentator Andrew Cotter.
Swimming The English Channel In My Back Garden
A superstar young lady, 10-year old Connie is swimming the length of the English Channel in her paddling pool to raise money for the NHS.
BBC Radio Surrey and comedian David Walliams give Connie support and encouragement, commenting on her fantastic idea for a good cause.
Homemade Lava Lamp
Try out this science experiment and let us know how it goes!
You will need:
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
10 drops of food colouring
1 fizzing tablet
Fun with chores
Each day this father and daughter dress up in fun character costumes on their trip to put the rubbish out.
The power of doing nothing
When was the last time you did absolutely NOTHING? Take 10 mindful minutes for yourself to just be present.
In this helpful TED Talk, Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe explains how the mind can be refreshed in as little as 10 minutes a day. By simply taking time out to just be still and do nothing, you will be able to become more present and be able to take control of your life.
Thank You NHS
A lovely collage of gratitude from our Hair & Beauty team!
The Joy of Painting
Enjoy a little calm and artistic inspiration.
Notorious street artist Banksy is well known for sharing bold, eye-opening opinions through his artwork. Southampton General Hospital awoke to find a heartwarming painting from the artist dedicated to the hard-working NHS workers. The artwork depicts the key workers are superheroes, whilst the usuals of batman and spiderman have been thrown in the bin by a small child. This is an incredibly touching tribute to the workers who are standing on the front line for our nation right now.
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Stay calm. Stay motivated. Stay courageous.
Our SEND & Transition team are sharing their positive spirit during remote working.
Free therapy for key workers
Various initiatives have been set up to offer free therapy for healthcare workers during this difficult time.
To keep calm and carry on is very challenging as they are working incredibly hard every day. Projects including welldoing.org, Duty to Care and Frontline19 are supporting key workers and their mental health.
Have you been birdwatching or spotted the charming butterflies near the blooming flowers? As we remain at home and enjoy our gardens more, the Surrey Wildlife Trust has created a quiz to see how wildlife is thriving in across the county. The quiz will give you a rating of how wildlife-friendly your garden is and offer tips to entice creatures in.
Random Acts of Kindness
The world is full of incredible people wishing to help others in this difficult time and spread optimism, here are a few lovely examples.
Credit: Good News Network
Staff and students have been doing a brilliant job of staying positive whilst remote learning. Here’s a fun video, as part of our StaffTiks, follow @brooklandscollege on TikTok for a brand new video every day this week!
Pandoro and Tiramisù attend the grand opening of the first gerbil themed art gallery! A couple in London have found this ingenious gap in the market which will, no doubt, thrive in the rodent entertainment industry.
Crafting With Kindness
Crafters around the world have been putting their skills to good use by making useful items for the NHS.
Credit: Positive News
T-Rex roams wild!
No longer extinct, dinosaurs have been roaming the streets across the world! People are protecting themselves in some hilarious costumes when they need to go out and making the public smile.
Joy 4 All
A group of teenagers in Canada have launched a free hotline for seniors where they can listen to jokes, stories and positive messages. The aim is to give hope those who are isolated and add a little brightness to their days.
Credit: Good News Network
“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Social distancing and the art of imagination (and a sock).
A word which feels somewhat foreign in these current times, but a little structure can help a lot to focus your mind and give yourself confidence.
This could mean setting a target to do 3 workouts a week, bake-a-cake Sundays, a creativity hour each day… whatever works for you.
Credit: Women’s Health
Keep On Movin’
Unable to jam the conventional way, cover band Felix Culpa aka Surrey resident Sophie and her Sheffield bandmate Kase had fun creating musical goodness with a little help from artists around the world!
Credit: Felix Culpa
In tribute to our NHS workers, a number of murals have been painted to show support and gratitude through these challenging times. outside the box…
Credit: Shropshire Star
Thinking outside the box…
A college student from the USA has been sewing, and freely giving out, reusable face masks for the hard of hearing.
Whether you want to unwind or just listen to something peaceful while you go about your day, this tranquil 3-hour mix is perfect.
Need some inspiration?
Here’s a really interesting list of things to do at home including:
Recreate famous paintings…
In the midst of the worldwide oddities, Getty is influencing us to get creative with a challenge to recreate famous works of art using household objects!
Here are some imaginative ways to keep yourself occupied…
Credit: We Are Teachers
Getting creative with cleanliness…
Here is The Hand Washing Rap!
Credit: Purple All Stars
A great feel good story to inspire you…
Two teenagers in South Yorkshire have been handing out care packages to vulnerable people.
“We really do need to pull together as a community.”
Staying at home can be tough…
Credit: Woking Mind
Feeling worried? The APPLE technique could help you:
Acknowledge the uncertainty
Pause and breathe
Pull back from overthinking
Let go of emotions
Explore the present moment