The ORANGES Toolkit is a wellness program, that can be delivered in segments from 90 minutes, through to a full 2-day program. The Toolkit was created by Simon Rountree to help improve productivty and stability at Camp Quality - a national Charity that supports children (birth to 13 years) and families affected by cancer through educational, hospital, recreational and home support services. ORANGES was developed over a decade by bringing the latest academic research to life with over 40 practical tools that people practice using during the workshop.
The program aims to enhance the wellbeing of individuals as well as the wellbeing of the whole organisation by providing people with tools for a better life. ORANGES is symbolic of an approach to life that is based on the science and practice of this unique program that provides robust academic rigour and looks to shift peoples focus from what is wrong or negative, to a more positive outlook that has meaning, pleasure, engagement, energy and accomplishment to create greater optimal functioning people/groups.
This is not about people putting on a happy face all the time. Life and work can be hard, challenging and disappointing - however research covered in ORANGES has shown that there are certain strategies and skills that allow people to navigate the challenges of life more effectively and enjoy life despite the upsets.
ORANGES has seven workshops as outlined below:
Each workshop has interactive learning activities and is measurable through an online support measure (survey) which will give participants an overall rating for each workshop i.e. their Optimism score, Resilience score, Attitude score, etc. Participants are requested to undertake the online survey (prior to the workshop), print out the answers and bring them to the workshop for analysis.
By implementing the tips and tools presented in the workshops and developing positive habits over a period of time participants should be able to increase their scores and therefore, their overall wellbeing.
The program is held over two days with an introduction and the first three letters (O, R and A) conducted on day one and the final four letters on day two.
The program is optimal with 14 – 25 people per group.
|Workshops||Outcomes and Tools||Description|
||Participants learn tools to create flexible, optimistic thinking habits which enable them to focus on positive outcomes, persist and stay motivated. The skills they learn to develop positive beliefs and proactive strategies to combat pessimistic thinking draw on pioneering work of Martin Seligman, a leading figure in positive psychology.|
||Participants develop the capacity to withstand and adapt to life's challenges, by providing a simple range of activities to boost positive mood and manage negative emotions. It shows how the brain, body and emotions are linked and how people can change the way they feel to create an upward spiral of positive emotion that increases resilience. This workshop is based on the latest emotional intelligence and neuroscience research by Barbara Fredrickson, Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte.|
||Participants learn how much of our happiness is determined by the attitudes and choices we make and explore ways to become flexible, positive and motivated by adopting a growth mindset. Based on research by Carol Dweck which clearly shows that our intelligence is malleable and that you can create a growth mindset which makes you more motivated, productive and happy.|
||Participants learn tools for living in the now and enjoying the present moment. This skill involves training ourselves to be more mindful so we can put things into perspective, gain more emotional control and feel more engaged.|
||Participants learn how to boost their happiness and that of others by expressing gratitude and appreciation. This simple action is one of the most powerful tools to increase positive emotions and keep people energised and healthy. It's a powerful antidote to negative emotion and depression.|
||Participants learn about the science of laughter, elevation and the benefits of feel good chemicals for your body and brain. Research shows the benefits of fun and laughter in reducing stress, improving heart rate, muscle activity, digestion and immune systems.|
||Strengths are a pre-existing capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking or feeling that is authentic and energising to the user. When used, people feel happier, more confident, more resilient, and more engaged in their self-development. It's informed by extensive research into strengths psychology by Alex Linley, Chris Peterson and Robert Biswas-Diener.|