Happy Habits Challenge

The Challenge:
The Happy Habits Challenge consists of 3 challenges for each of the 9 happy habits. This means 27 days of HAPPY! Happy habits are built from simple things we can do every day.

And since they are formed through action, enjoyment and repetition, they are also really

easy to teach.

There are a variety of ways to practice each of the happy habits: Like, how you might try
slowing down by resting, or by breathing deeply, or by finding focus. This is one reason why there are 3 different cards per habit. To form happy habits, we recommend practicing 1 habit each day for 27 days in a row, but if you miss some days it isn’t a big deal!

The Problem:
In our hurried world, kids often don’t acquire practices that grow long-term health in their hearts, minds and bodies. Without a strong foundation of healthy habits, kids are more likely to get pushed around by circumstances, rather than learn how to successfully take small risks and forge their own paths.

Early on, kids need solid and simple routines that can be easily incorporated into their days to inspire their spirits, build their confidence and support their overall well-being.

How the Challenge addresses the Problem:
Research clearly shows that success is not about willpower, but rather about integrating positive routines into our lives. For example, it isn’t by force that we give up unhealthy foods, but by developing a taste for healthy ones.

This means we build habits slowly by repeating small actions over time.  And this is what our Happy Habits Challenge is all about. We want kids to get used to practicing behaviours that are proven by research to promote happiness, so they can carry these forward into lifelong happy habits.

When they add one action from the Challenge into their daily life, kids are consciously creating the cue to trigger that action again. For example, when their challenge is to "say 3 nice things about themselves today", kids internalize this experience and create a cue to trigger doing it again…and again…and again. This is how change happens. Big change. Positive change. Little practices…Lifelong habits.

We don't decide our futures, we decide our daily habits and these habits decide our futures.

Learn how the 27-Day Challenge Chart can be used in four different ways and get the Free Looking Back Printable to help kids reflect on their experiences and absorb them more deeply.

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Easily incorporated into homes, classrooms, counselling groups and beyond, the Challenge also includes a full set of blank cards so that practices can be custom-made and created over and over again.