Build Happiness by Trying New Things
Updated: Feb 14
That calm, centre-point within each of us is what we call our Zenter. It’s our internal compass. And it’s either strengthened or weakened by our daily practices – our habits. The 9 happy habits are the practices that work together like spokes in a wheel to strengthen our Zenter. One of these happy habits is the practice of Trying New Things.
Trying New Things Includes
Learning, growing +
having a sense of wonder
How Trying New Things Works
Sometimes kids avoid trying new things because they're afraid of failing. New things can make them feel insecure or even 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.
You have not failed
unless you have quit trying
- Gordon B. Hinckley
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.
The greatest mistake we will ever make is
living in constant fear that we will make one
- John C Maxwell
Teaching Kids About Trying New Things
We like keeping things simple and teaching concepts in ways kids learn best; through stories, creativity, play and hands-on experiences. You can use any of our materials to teach Trying New Things. Like, using Right On Target and other activities from the Trying New Things 5 Pack or simply inspiring kids with the Losing Your Marbles Poem + Quote. Introduce the habit by encouraging kids to be inventive with our I TRY NEW THINGS handout.
It's not that I'm so smart
It's that I stay with problems longer - Albert Einstein