We all know that the current COVID pandemic has us facing isolation, anxiety and depression on a daily basis. With so much uncertainty in our daily lives, it is sometimes hard to parse out that these same things are constantly affecting our kids as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 percent of Americans struggle with mental health or substance abuse due to COVID-19. Teenagers are especially affected by the current social climate. Cut off from friends and their social network by school closures and social distancing, our teens are at higher risk of developing anxiety and depression, according to Stanford University.
We could all use some happy news, couldn’t we? LG is offering us exactly that! With their #GiveHappiness campaign, LG helps Be Strong student leaders stay connected while providing the technology to share critical resources with their peers in their communities. As part of the “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness” initiative, LG is providing 100 LG gram laptops to support Be Strong’s student-led, social-emotional wellness efforts. We know that we could all use a program like this more than ever!
Backed by seventy-five years of scientific research, LG Life’s Good: Experience Happiness program is based on six happiness skills: Positive Outlook, Human Connection, Mindfulness, Gratitude, Generosity, Purpose. The goal? To increase each person’s capacity to face life’s challenges. Want to create happier holidays for yourself and for others? Download the “Happiness Gift Check List” — which comes with practicable week by week steps for “sustainable happiness skills”! LG worked with experts — in social emotional learning, education and the science of happiness — to identify these six skills. Each week focuses on a different happiness skill which can be tangibly practiced and shared to develop sustainable happiness.
We’re all experiencing a tough year, and many may not have much to give this holiday season. What a wonderful and necessary time to be reminded that the gift of happiness is free. A downloadable Happiness Gift Card can be shared in holiday cards, used as stocking stuffers for friends and family, and even shared in your community. We encourage you to invite friends and family to join in the happiness journey!