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Take part in ‘Pump Up the Positives’ week

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu

As we head into the last month of school before the December break, many of us may be feeling tired or a little frustrated that we are still having to wear masks and stay apart. This is all understandable and, really, to be expected. 

Last year at this time we had the idea that a way to perhaps help us get through these days was to focus on the positives and what we can do, not just on what we can’t do. We also felt it was important to look outside of ourselves and to think about how we can help those around us. There is research to show that doing kind and caring things for others has benefits for us all.   

And so we are going to have another “Pump Up the Positives” week this year to focus on the helpful things we do each day and how we can do more — or pump up — these things.  November 22–26 we’ll again be thinking about the little things we can do to show kindness and the words we can share to let people know what we appreciate about them. We’ll also think about what we are grateful for and about helping others.  

So next week, ask your children when they leave for school in the morning how they can be kind to someone that day; on the drive home ask what they did; at dinner share three good things from everyone’s day or something you are grateful for; and watch for information about how the UCC community is supporting others and how you can help.  

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia

Martha Boyce
Prep Counsellor, Health and Life Skills Teacher and Coordinator