#RCSItogether – Bulletin 3, Happiness, Respiratory Research, Caring for Carers & Poetry!

Dear Colleagues

As we leave March behind us and hope for warm spring days, I am pleased to bring you a short bulletin below.

As always, all of your ideas for future bulletins and any comments you have on the concept, content and frequency are very welcome.

  1. #RCSItogether Learning:

    Based at UC Berkley, the Greater Good Science Centre provides a bridge between the research community and the general public to share the scientific evidence relating to happiness and wellbeing. They have lots of fantastic resources on their site but I wanted to draw your attention to their free 8-week online course called ‘The Science of Happiness’ which explores the roots of a happy, meaningful life using inputs from positive psychology. The course is designed to help you learn practical, research based strategies to nurture your own wellbeing. You can sign up for the course HERE on the EdX platform.

    Epigeum/Oxford University Press have made their ‘Online Teaching’ and ‘Blended Learning’ modules freely available to everyone until the end of May. Thanks to Margaret McCarthy for the heads up.

  2. #RCSItogether Health Science:

    The latest HSE guidelines outline additional measures for people in vulnerable groups and their carers. Essentially people that are ‘cocooning’ need to stay inside, going outside only to their gardens or balconies should they have one. This is a challenging ask for anyone so resilience will be key.

    For carers “Family Carers Ireland” are a great resource – search @familycarers in Facebook to join. They will also run Carers Coffee Club starting on Thursday April 2nd at 11am where they will provide support and advice to family carers via Facebook Live. More details can be found HERE. Also if you need guidance or emotional support Family Carers Ireland offers a confidential and friendly Careline – just freephone 1800-24-07-24. They will listen to your concerns and give practical advice on a range of topics, including supports and services available in your area.

    While on Facebook, search @rcsiclubandsocieties to join and gain access to all the gym classes being run by the Gym team in No. 26! Open to all. The schedule for the rest of the week is copied at the bottom of the e-mail.

  3. #RCSItogether Minding Yourself:

    Dr. Padraic Dunne’s live meditation sessions continue tomorrow at 4pm, you can join through this link HERE

    We decided to highlight a poem for this bulletin, we hope you enjoy. Poetry rises up in human societies when official words fail us and we lose sight of how to find our way back to one another. features an immersive exploration of a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. The episodes are short and sweet, why not try to incorporate them as part of your morning ritual and (re)discover a love for poetry!

The Peace of Wild Things” – Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Mind yourselves,


30th March08:00 – BODYWEIGHT
16:00 – GLUTES
31st March07:00 – PILATES
18:00 – HIIT
1st April11:00 – YOGA
17:00 – UPPER BODY
2nd April08:00 – AB BLAST
18:00 – ZUMBA
3rd April07:00 – GLUTES
16:00 – PILATES

All classes LIVE on RCSI clubs & societies facebook page