'Bright Side' Blog

Discover insights and tips on helping to promote well-being, development, and growth... expand horizons and open up a world of possibilities.

Spring - a time to nourish your wellbeing

“To arise or originate from”. The meaning of the word Spring literally means to arise up or originate from a source or place. It’s more than just a season or an action. We can relate it to a place ins...

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3 Tips for Eating Well Through Winter on a Budget

Winter for many of us is a time of cosy memories spent snuggled on the couch watching movies all weekend with our loved ones, indulging in nutrient-rich comfort food to fight off any potential colds a...

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A practical guide to looking after your wellbeing

Recent times have definitely made us come to realise what is important to us and has brought us together as people. Now is more an important time than ever to reflect and prioritise both our own wellb...

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Nurturing relationship-building skills in children

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and be understood”. Every one of us has experienced the feeling of warmth and appreciation when someone reaches out to check in...

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Breaking in the New Year

New Years Resolution: The infamous new years resolution is upon us and while many enter January full of sprite and optimism for the year ahead, it is easy to become discouraged and renege on your comm...

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Remembering what's important this festive season

For many of us, the end of the year means festive decorations, delicious food & quality time spent with the special people in our lives. For others however, it can be a time of loneliness & is...

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Making random acts of kindness intentional

Next month we globally celebrate World Kindness Day. The day itself is a great cause, but why do we only limit to celebrating this on one single day of the year? Why do we not make appreciating moment...

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Becoming one as a people

We live in such a busy world today. It can become a challenge to remember to take time to pause and value those closest around us, and remember what really matters. A Harvard Study of Adult Developmen...

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The lifelong art of mindfulness

It’s a buzzword that’s thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean, and how can its practise steer us towards a more connected and enriching existence? Well respected American professor of medic...

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Encouraging a healthy relationship with vegetables

It’s a challenge many parents face, and one that divides the dinner table, but getting kids to eat their vegetables can be made stress-free and fun with these few tips! Blend it up: One of the biggest...

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Teaching our children to care about the planet

Today you are bombarded with media reporting on the state of the planet, it’s hard to avoid, and even harder to know how to approach it with our children, here is a quick guide to encouraging environm...

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How learning about other cultures benefit wellbeing

Celebrating other cultures is a wonderful way of teaching children to be compassionate, curious, and globally aware. Many of our loved food dishes, fashions, and even music is influenced by other plac...

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How Keswick makes exercise fun for kids

Boooiiing! Bounce a soccerball in a wild game of mass soccer Have you heard of mass soccer?! The kids love to play it and it is equally as entertaining to watch. This crazy fun game involves 5 or 6 so...

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Fun ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day in schools

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a reminder to celebrate all things love and it’s a tradition that is here to stay. Despite your own feelings on cherubs and chocolates, we can all agree love i...

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Is Christmas the worst time to teach kids charity?

One of the joys of Christmas is giving, but try telling that to a 7 year old who is throwing the worst tantrum in the middle of a shop because you won’t buy them the latest toy they want. Uh oh. Chris...

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Adorable stories of teacher kindness from around the web

Most people have memories of that one teacher. The teacher who believed you would excel in maths when you were back of the class. The teacher who spun you around when you learned how to spell your nam...

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Five quick ways to rejuvenate your wellbeing

Mental health is being talked about more often and October is Mental Health Month, the perfect chance to start sparking these conversations. In New Zealand, nearly half of our population will meet the...

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How to make your camp a learning experience

September is officially read a new book month! Whether you prefer the feeling of flipping pages between your fingers or tapping on a kindle, knowledge is power and reading is the gateway to knowledge.

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Why the "key" to happiness is more like a cheatcode

Happiness is a wonderful feeling, one that can be shared around with anyone you meet. However, sometimes discovering what makes you happy can be daunting, a pin code where you need 4 digits and only have 3, or a key that fits the lock but won’t turn. Luckily there are some simple steps, or a cheat code if you like, to unlock your happiness and share it around.

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3 ways to be happier today

Who wants to be happier?Why wouldn’t you want to be happier? Happiness is the most common goal around the world. Every job we try, every relationship we enter, every hobby we try was started from seek...

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Kids can be heroes too! Teaching kids courage

Your little man or little lady loves the idea of heroes. The idea that there is a big bad and a strong firefighter, policeman, superhero or parent who can save the day. Heroes make us feel protected. ...

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Helping kids cope with tough times

It is only natural to want to shelter kids from everything bad in the world. Unfortunately we can’t predict all of life curveballs and some pains are unavoidable. Like a school friend’s death. Or a di...

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Three ways to create a culture of curiosity

If one thing about preschoolers is true, it is that they are curious little critters. No really. Preschoolers have an appetite for life and a hunger to learn more about the world around them. Curiosit...

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13 ways to celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13th

This month we celebrate the 19th World Kindness Day. Although we hardly need an excuse to be kind and do good deeds, it is nice to have one day a year we can collectively get together to make the worl...

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From gimme to giveaway: teaching children the joy of giving

Giving isn’t natural – especially for a child. We raise our children to receive gifts and treats just because. It is so easy to learn how to receive a gift. But how do we teach our children how to giv...

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11 inspiring quotes to help you stay positive

We all know a serial optimist. You might be picturing them in your head right now. To them, every day is a good day and everything is an opportunity. They’re bubbly, blissful and a tad draining if you...

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How fear makes you a better leader

List the qualities of a great leader in your head. Do you have a list yet? It probably includes qualities such as: Courageous Intelligent Strategic Caring Empathetic Decisive When we picture great l...

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We all have these 8 reasons to be grateful

If there’s one thing we’re all a little guilty of, it’s overcomplicating gratitude. We set so many conditions on gratitude – especially when going through tough times. Now I know what you’re thinking ...

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The top Rotorua adventures for school kids

Sometimes the most valuable education for kids happens outside of the classroom. There is a lot to be learnt in stepping out of your comfort zone and exploring. Adventures teach valuable life skills a...

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Staying healthy when the weather doesn't agree

Hot Milos with extra marshmallows, staying warm on the couch and sinking into a good novel are some of my favourite things about the season. Unfortunately after three months, these little favourite th...

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A non-cheesy guide to motivation

Motivation is more than printing quotes from Facebook and pasting them all over your house. Motivation is more than cute photos of animals with “You can do it!” written in big block letters. Motivatio...

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Top creative experiences in Rotorua

From a boardroom meeting to a humble school camp, we all love the chance to express our creativity. Luckily for us, Rotorua has a trove of experiences available to help get those creative juices flowi...

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You deserve a laugh today - and a few pictures to help encourage giggles

...and a few pictures to help encourage giggles. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s good to laugh - even the most serious of us love a chuckle every now and then. Days like April Fools’ remind us...

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