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, they are more likely to get pushed around by circumstances, rather than learn how to successfully take small risks and forge their own paths.
Why A Happy Habits Challenge:
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.
An instruction sheet for adults
An instruction sheet for kids
The Happy Habits Info-Graphic
The 27-day Challenge Chart, designed for flexible use (details below)
3 pages of 9 Challenge Cards, for a total of 27 challenge tasks
1 page of 9 blank Challenge Cards, for unlimited challenge tasks created by you - or kids!
A Challenge Completion Certificate
FREE materials to support and extend the Challenge (listed below)
How To Use The Challenge:
The Challenge offers a very accessible way to develop all of the happy habits through experience, repetition, play, creativity and FUN!
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 yourself 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.
There are a variety of ways to practice each of the happy habits: Like, 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 a day for 27 days in a row.
The Challenge Chart has also been designed to provide variety by being flexible. Kids can practice:
1 habit per day for 27 days in a row (by following the Chart randomly) OR
1 specific habit for 3 days in a row (by following the Chart from left to right) OR
9 habits in a row, repeated (by following the Chart from top to bottom) OR
1 habit for 1 week to 1 month
For more details check out our post 4 Ways For Kids To Track Their Habits.
Support The Challenge using our FREE materials:
Learn how to easily and endlessly fill the blank Challenge Cards using the take happy habit action printable inside our Helping Kids Get Zentered ebook.
Print out our Happy Habits Poster and display it prominently so kids are easily reminded of the habits (two sizes available!).
Download the Looking Back Printable so kids can reflect on their learning at the end of a 27 day Challenge.
Check out our Pinterest Boards for more carefully curated research and activities aimed at supporting happy habits.
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