Gratitude + Card Game = Fun Learning!
The Gratitude Card Game was designed as a Positive Psychology Counseling intervention tool. Not only perfect for rapport-building and starting meaningful conversations, it is a non-threatening assessment tool, focusing on what is good, beautiful, and filled with hope in a person's life.
Playing this game is also a great relationship-builder; helping new students in a class or members of a small group to get to know each other better, all the while creating joy and positivity!
Why Is Practicing Gratitude Important?
Practicing gratitude cultivates joy and positivity, key feelings that lay a foundation from which to create an empowered life. The prompts encourage players to focus on the already-existing goodness in their lives, and the act of playing is an experiential exercise in using gratitude as a coping skill. And wouldn't you agree, joy is something that we can all experience more of!
Ways to Use The Gratitude Card Game:
☀️ In Counseling Groups to Build Social Skills & Connection
☀️ In Individual Counseling Sessions as an Assessment Tool that is in alignment with Solution Focused Counseling. Plus, the actual act of playing The Gratitude Card Game provides insight into children's social skills, decision-making process, frustration tolerance, level of respect for rules & boundaries, and problem-solving abilities.
☀️ Fun for Family Game Night!
✔ TWO sets of The Gratitude Card Game: in both color AND black and white! So if you don't have access to a color printer, no problem! You can download and print in black and white too! Instead of color, players match up cards with shapes!
✔ Detailed Game Directions
✔ Tips on how to use the Gratitude Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention
✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts
✔ Action Cards
✔ Pass Tickts
How to Play The Gratitude Card Game!
In the spirit of other popular shedding-type card games, the player to get rid of all their cards first by wins. Players try to "match" the top card in the discard pile, by either laying down the same number, color (or shape, if using the black & white set), or type of action card. If the card contains a question or prompt, that player shares their response. The player may choose to decline responding by using 1 of their 2 Pass Tickets. Actions cards add fun twists and turns to the game. Actions include:
➔ TAKE 3: The next person in line must take 3 cards before taking their turn.
➔ ROTATE RIGHT / ROTATE LEFT: All players pass on, or "rotate," their cards to either the left or right, so that everyone exchanges hands with each other.
➔ GO AGAIN: Player gets to "go again," gaining an additional turn.
➔ FREE!: Player who discards a FREE card is "free" to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
➔ FREE + SPY!: Player who discards a FREE+SPY card can spy on one player by peeking at their cards and then is "free" to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
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