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CSR Project 2009 – Day 1

Alex Christie

8 June 2009

Well, today was the the first day of the 2009 CSR project for Tamar.  Here in the UK we are working with Oak Lodge School in Balham, South London.  An amazing school which specialises in teaching and working with children who have severe hearing difficulties.  While I was wondering how to sum the day up I recalled a documentary I saw two years ago on ‘how to improve happiness’ focused in the infamous town of Slough.  According to these studies there are several things that you can do to improve your ‘happiness’, which are as follows;
 

Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day
Our morning began with lessons in sign language – lessons run by the pupils at the school.  We all learned how to sign our name and were christened with a ‘sign nick-name’; some of the Tamar team were less fortunate than others with the results!!  I think I was let off rather lightly and left contented with my newly chosen name.  
 
Plant something and nurture it
The project team I was working with today were allocated a vegetable patch which has been left fallow and had been covered in weeds for a couple of years.  Tomorrow we will be filling it with a variety of beautiful vegetables which the pupils will be tending and consuming for years to come.
 
Have a good laugh at least once a day
Hearing from another team today who had spent the whole day painting murals was, as they put it, ‘exhausting’. This was after our team had spent the day digging up earth, sieving pebbles out of soil and pushing wheel-barrows filled with weeds was rather hilarious!  There were many more great laughs throughout the day.
 
Get physical – exercise for half an hour three times a week
Clearing 20 square meters of weeds and pebbles should make me the happiest person on earth…..
 
Spread some kindness – do a good turn for someone every day
It was fantastic today, feeling that we were doing something to help improve the outdoor environment for the pupils at Oak Lodge.  The staff at Oak Lodge spread kindness on a daily basis and give something very special, they are passionate about what they do - improving the knowledge and development of the children they work with. 
 
So the result - definitely happy, a bit achy, but happy.
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