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It’s not often that a letter comes home from school which strikes fear into my heart like the one about the MOMO challenge did. As a parent, I don’t feel equipped to deal with this stuff, we are the first generation of parents that need to find ways to protect our kids from the negative influences which they can find online and it’s a tough ask. There are a whole host of dangerous and scary ‘challenges’ circulating around and it’s easy to write them all off as a bad idea. However, I am a firm believer in the power of positivity, so rather than concentrating on the negative challenges, I have decided to draw attention to some that are inspiring people all over the world to create positive change in their lives, society, the world and I found some gems. As promised I tried one of these out, read on to see how I got on!

The triangle dance

I love anything that encourages movement and if it makes everyone fall over in a hysterical fit of giggles all the better! This one has firmly booted ‘flossing’ out of the door and whilst I’m sure it won’t be last dance challenge to gain huge popularity, it is certainly inspiring people all over the world to get up and move. On the face of it, the triangle dance looks like a silly challenge, but the nature of the dance means that it requires a healthy dose of coordination and teamwork and anyone who has tried it will tell you, it’s not as easy as it looks. People all over the world have been getting involved and posting pics on social media, here’s ours!

Have you tried it? Comment below and tell us how you got on!

2.The trashtag challenge

This one is great, originally aimed at teenagers, it has now inspired all sorts of people to start picking up litter, cleaning up public spaces and posting proud before and after pictures on social media. Originally Posted on Facebook by Byron Roman in Arizona, the challenge invites ‘bored teens’ to “take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance, then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it” and guess what? They did. Social media has been flooded with people taking up the challenge. 

Of course we all remember the A.L.S ice bucket challenge which raised millions of dollars for A.L.S (an organisation which researches amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). According to the New York Times, the money raised paid for research which lead to the discovery of the NEK1 gene, one of the most common genes which contributes to the disease. 

So in the spirit of sending out positivity and embracing the good challenges out there, here is our challenge to you, the #Zaolexploreschallenge. Simply try something new to improve your wellbeing today, then comment and tell us what you’re doing and why?

Author: Helen Coleman

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