Happy Healthy Hamilton Week was celebrated February 12-16 at Hamilton Central School, in partnership with HCS SADD, and the Hamilton Area Community Coalition. “Happy Healthy Hamilton” is a new campaign focused on increasing positivity, kindness and mental well-being in our young people. “Each day we focused on a different aspect of mental wellness, such as happiness, kindness, self-care, and gratitude.” Says Melissa Cassulis, HACC program coordinator.
On Wednesday, Dr. Christina Michaelson, psychology professor at LeMoyne College, spoke to students in grades 6-12 about the Formula for a Happy Life. Dr. Michaelson explained the science of positive psychology, and how research shows that we have control over 40% of our own individual happiness. “50% of our happiness is determined by our genetics, and we can’t change that. And, believe it or not, only 10% of our happiness is determined by our circumstances and environment. But the remaining 40% is determined by our thoughts, actions and how we respond to our circumstances. And we have total control over that!” Says Dr. Michaelson.
Throughout the week, students participated in activities designed to build unity, increase kindness, and foster their overall happiness. A main activity of the week was inspired by the New York Times bestselling book, “How Full Is Your Bucket” by Tom Rath. Students were challenged to fill a giant bucket with positive notes to each other, or to a teacher. By Thursday, the bucket was full!
While this was a one week event, the Happy Healthy Hamilton campaign is designed to be an ongoing movement of culture change in our school. National headlines remind us that focusing on positive youth development and mental wellness is more important than ever before. The HACC and
Hamilton Central School remain committed to creating and maintaining a culture of empowerment and resiliency both in our school and in our community.
Photos and videos of the week’s activities are available online at www.hamiltoncoalition.com, or follow us on Instagram @hamiltoncoalition.