The surprising life lessons of Winnie-the-Pooh

Golden Nugget: “Sometimes, when I’m going somewhere, I wait. And then somewhere comes to me.” — Winnie-the-Pooh.

Should we all live like Pooh? As Christopher Robin tops the UK box office, the friendly bear has been declared as wise as history’s greatest philosophers. What can we learn from his lessons?

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In Christopher Robin, its cuddly star says that he is a bear “of very little brain”. However, the film — in which Pooh helps a grown-up and overworked Christopher Robin reconnect with his family — has surprised viewers with its philosophical teachings. Some say we all can benefit from Pooh’s wisdom.

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Dr Catherine McCall says that, like great philosophers, Pooh teaches us “how to live a good life”.

His sayings include lessons on persistence, like: “If the string breaks, try another piece of string.” Sometimes, the secret to success lies in trying nothing at all: “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.”

Indeed, for Pooh it is often best to avoid overly complicated things: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’”

Pooh’s love of a good meal (only a pot of honey will do) shows how the simple things in life can be the best, as he says: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

Should we all live like Pooh?

Some say…

Absolutely, argue some. In our anxious, 24-hour age, we could all learn to appreciate the moment more: taste the honey, laugh with your friends and go on adventures. His words may seem simple, but perhaps we pay too much attention to seriousness and long words when what we really need in life is small joys.

Others think…

It’s impractical, say others. As nice as it may be to sit around eating honey all day, eventually you will have to get up and face the real world. To be a good person, you need to care about more than your next meal and having fun. The world of the Hundred Acre Wood is great to get lost in, but not to live by.

You Decide

  1. Is Winnie-the-Pooh a good role model?

Activities

  1. Pooh is famous for his philosophical sayings about life. Can you come up with your own saying that could be used as a teaching for others? Share your ideas with the class.

Some People Say...

“Don’t be late for whatever you want to be in time for.”

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Word Watch

Philosophical
Relating to the study of knowledge, reality and the meaning of life.
Wisdom
The quality of having knowledge, experience and good judgement.
Persistence
The ability to keep trying something.
Anxious
Feeling worried or nervous.
Appreciate
To recognise the value of something.

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