Former MKR cooks spreading the love one school at a time
"WE'RE trying to change the world, one smile at a time."
And there were plenty of smiling faces at Emu Park State School last Wednesday, when Carly Saunders and Tresne Middleton came to the school to spread their message of happiness.
The former My Kitchen Rules contestants with their infectious positive nature visited Central Queensland last week to present their motivational speech to students to help them stay happy.
Co-founding The Happiness Mission, the health and well-being of the youth of Australia is an issue very close to both of the girls' hearts and shone through during their chat with Year 3 to 6 students.
"We talk about things I would've loved to have been told when I was younger," Tresne told the Capricorn Coast Mirror.
"The response and feedback from it so far has been very encouraging; we're constantly thinking of new ideas to add to it, so it keeps evolving," Carly added.
"We ask each school if there are any areas in particular they would like us to focus on during our talk, and we try to go into that in a little bit more detail. It feels fantastic to be able to pay it forward and do something we feel so passionately about."
The pair said they were asked so often after their time on MKR how they stayed so happy during the show, and the idea grew from there.
With 10 years teaching experience, Carly said The Happiness Mission offers workshops and seminars aimed at helping children, teenagers and adults with goal setting, gratitude, growth mindset, resilience, healthy eating and limiting beliefs.
Year 3 students Angelina Brown and Alexandra Ibbertson said they loved listening to Carly and Tresne.
"It was excellent," Angelina said. "It taught me a lot of things. It taught me to stay happy and to believe in yourself."
Deputy principal Sarah McDonagh said the school was hoping to incorporate more health and wellbeing programs into their curriculum.
"We'd like to fully integrate positive thinking into positive education, because how you live and learn at a young age affects you as you grow older," Ms McDonagh said.
"It's interesting to see what sort of impact this has. We're only just starting to try out these programs but we hope it's springboards us further."
CARLY AND TRESNE
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