Trying New Things Builds Happiness
Trying New Things Means:
+ having a sense of wonder
Why Trying New Things Matters
Sometimes kids avoid trying new things because they're afraid of failing. New things can make them feel insecure and anxious. With consistent avoidance, they may begin to miss out on experiences and lose their sense of wonder. But great benefits come from struggling and making mistakes. Brain research proves that challenging experiences actually cause our nervous systems to strengthen and our brains to develop.
Trying new things inspires kids to have a sense of wonder, take risks, make mistakes, problem-solve, learn, persist, overcome and grow. All of these boost their self-esteem, build their courage and enthusiasm for new challenges and increase their engagement in life.
It's not that I'm so smart
It's that I stay with problems longer - Albert Einstein
3 ways to teach kids about Trying New Things
1. Introduce them to this happy habit:
Download our Free I Try New Things 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 takes a risk and tries something new when she goes on a hunt for her happy. Reading, asking questions and talking about how her sense of wonder helped her to learn and grow are great ways to investigate trying new things and where they might take you. Making mistakes required!
In the Happy Hunting Journal there are 4 activities that encourage learning, being curious, exploring and trying new things. Just look for the CARTWHEEL icons within the journal.
Any activity using the Feeling Cards is an invitation for kids to try new things, especially when considering more difficult emotions and new ways to approach them. When kids develop a sense of wonder about feelings they are more able to accept and express ALL of them, while gently challenging their nervous systems to cope and grow stronger.
The Happy Habit Challenge has 3 Try New Things tasks, each designed to get kids doing and thinking slightly outside their comfort zones. Plus, one blank card allows you and your kids to custom-make new challenges over and over again.
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