Weekly Wellbeing Focus - Feel Good Brain Chemicals / Natural Highs - Bangkok Prep

Weekly Wellbeing Focus – Feel Good Brain Chemicals / Natural Highs

Welcome to the Weekly Wellbeing Focus. The focus for this week is Feel Good Brain Chemicals / Natural Highs.

Parent Wellbeing: Resilience is the ability to bounce back after setbacks and requires you to be able to: have optimism and hope for the future, regulate the strength of your emotions, control your impulses, think flexibly, have empathy for others, believe in yourself and build social connectedness with others. What does each mean to you?


Human beings have evolved living in tribes for survival, and as such, we are hard wired to be our best when cooperating with others to achieve things together. Over thousands of years, our biology has also evolved to support us to do this.

When we feel that others value us and think that we matter, a powerful brain chemical, serotonin, is released into our bloodstreams to create feelings of self-worth. When we experience trusting and loving relationships, another brain chemical, oxytocin, is released to make us feel loved and special.

They are called neurotransmitters, and they provide us with natural highs to thrive and flourish. These feelings come from being with other people in person to achieve things side by side and face to face. Many 21st century students prefer to be glued to their phones in their relationships, and miss out on feeling serotonin and oxytocin from in person interactions, and also causing their interpersonal skills development stunted.

When students enjoy honest and caring relationships with their families and friends, serotonin and oxytocin are flowing, they are happy in themselves and able to look for the good things they are doing. This puts them in a position to make the most of teamwork and feel socially connected with a sense of belonging.

 

Acknowledgement: Diener & Biswas-Diener



 

Some useful videos that discuss this week’s focus:

 

Jake McIntosh
Assistant Head of Secondary – Wellbeing

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Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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