Whether you received the Advent of Change Wall Calendar as a wonderful Christmas gift, as a means to make a charity donation, or simple because you wanted to make positive changes as a family to fantastic causes all across the world, you'll notice we have some interesting facts throughout! If you'd like to know where these have been gathered from, please keep reading below for the sources:

 
1. Get Active
“Last year, two in three people said they wanted to exercise more…”
Source: Inc.com, 1 January 2019, Survey of the top new year’s resolutions among 2,000 people.
https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/10-top-new-years-resolutions-for-success-happiness-in-2019.html 


2. Spread a little kindness
“…kindness produces serotonin, which generates those rather lovely feelings of warmth and calmness!”
Source: Psychology Today ‘Practicing Acts of Kindness’, November 2002.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-the-face-adversity/201211/practicing-acts-kindness


3. Ditch the single-use plastic
“…it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050…”
Source: ‘The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics’ by World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


4. Give something away
“In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty…”
Source: The Trussell Trust, https://www.trusselltrust.org/what-we-do/


5. Have a digital detox
“…there is also a recognised association between having too much screen time and a negative effect on mental health well-being.”
Source: Psychology Today, ‘Is Too Much Screen Time Affecting Your Child’s Health?’, November 2018
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-moment-youth/201811/is-too-much-screen-time-affecting-your-child-s-health


8. Spend time in nature
“…did you know that the positive effects of a single exposure to nature can last for seven hours?”
Source: Country Living, ‘The mental health benefits of going for a walk can last for 7 hours, according to pioneering new study’ January 2018.
https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wellbeing/news/a180/mental-health-benefits-nature-outdoors-study/


9. Learn something new
“Research has found that acquiring new skills can help maintain a healthy mind and even improve memory!”
Source: Harvard Health Publishing, ‘Back to school: Learning a new skill can slow cognitive aging’, April 2016.
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/learning-new-skill-can-slow-cognitive-aging-
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12. Get creative!
“…research even suggests that getting creative may help our mental health.”
Source: Forbes, ‘Here's How Creativity Actually Improves Your Health’, July 2018.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2018/07/25/heres-how-creativity-actually-improves-your-health/#77b5466213a6