Making Wishes Is A Happy Habit
Making Wishes Means:
Using your imagination,
+ being hopeful
Why Making Wishes Matters
Kids process the world around them through fantasy and play. Using their imaginations helps them relax, problem solve, heal and grow. When they have dreams and feel hopeful, kids are developing their brains' circuitry for optimism. According to developmental research, optimism builds their resilience and helps them persevere through challenges.
Encouraging kids to use their imaginations, have dreams and be hopeful strengthens their capacities to cope with and overcome difficulties in their lives.
Making your wish is like planting a seed and believing that it will grow Let nature do the rest - Deepak Chopra
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3 ways to teach kids about Making Wishes
1. Introduce them to this happy habit:
Download our Free I Make Wishes Activity Sheet
2. Use any of our products to help them practice this happy habit in a variety of ways:
In the Happy Hunting Book Liza’s wish is to find her happy again. By simply making this wish she is igniting the optimism inside herself. Reading the story, asking questions and talking about making wishes are very effective ways to help kids practice finding hope and possibility in their own lives.
The Happy Hunting Journal includes 3 activities that practice using imagination, having dreams and being hopeful. Just look for the STAR icons within the journal.
Use the Feeling Cards in all sorts of ways to practice making wishes. For example, have kids choose one card that shows how they feel right now. Then, have them pick one card that shows how they wish they felt right now. Help them build their circuitry for optimism by talking about what they can do to take a first step.
The Happy Habit Challenge contains 3 Make Wishes tasks including one about self, one about the day and one larger hope. Plus, one blank card allows you and your kids to create lots of wishing challenges of your own.
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