Unless you’ve been living under a rock, and even then, you probably will have heard about the values of journaling. A space to understand and explore your feelings, to reflect, and record elements of your day and ultimately find connection with the things that make you happy. It all sounds very adult-y, which is why we were so excited to have come across a journal designed to do all that for kids.
The Happy Self Journal is a daily journal for children aged 6 to 12, designed to promote happiness, develop healthy emotional habits for life, and to nurture inquisitive minds. The journal is illustrated in a fun loving way and is super easy to use. In just a few minutes per day, the journal allows kids to focus in on and express gratitude, reflect on their emotions, and think about their actions.
Here are some of the reasons why the Happy Self Journal is a brilliant addition to your children’s’ routine:
1. Practice Gratitude
The idea of practicing gratitude is introduced in a lovely and simple way through the Happy Self Journal. Practicing gratitude helps children see the good in their lives and that it can come in many different shapes and forms. It helps them become more compassionate, generous, and helpful.
2. Develop a Growth Mindset
A good number of parents will have heard this term with it being a central component of learning methodologies at most schools. The idea here is that perseverance and hard work can help you improve; nothing is fixed, and everyone is capable of growing and progressing. The Happy Self Journal helps children chronicle their growth and find motivation to meet their goals.
Be kind we tell them, be caring; the beauty of the Happy Self Journal is that it helps children to identify and list their acts of kindness and prompts them to help in a variety of ways.
In today’s fast paced world, it is very difficult to remain mindfully in the moment. This is true for us as adults, and more so for our little ones. The simple act of journaling is itself an exercise in mindfulness, and the result is less stress, better sleep and more attentive behaviour.
5. Digital Well Being
Which parents haven’t struggled with balancing on and off-screen time? The Happy Self Journal provides numerous prompts for family conversations and fun off-screen activities.
Ask yourself, do your kids know how to identify their emotions? The Happy Self Journal encourages children to consider how they feel on a daily basis, and to accordingly show their true emotions in a self-aware and beneficial manner.
So, from the Gifted family to yours, we hope this feature registry brings you and your family happiness and balance.