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Just before our schools closed and we were placed on lockdown we received a HappySelf Journal to try out at home. We’ve been fans of journal keeping and mindfulness for a few years so were looking forward to trying the HappySelf Journal during what we knew was going to be a difficult time for our family.
Mindful journaling for kids with the HappySelf Journal
The HappySelf Journal is a daily journal for children aged 6 to 12, used to help promote happiness, develop positive habits and nurture enquiring minds. Beautifully laid out with helpful prompts, we thought the journal looked visually appealing and easy to use.
My 8 year old has always enjoyed keeping a diary and has been using the HappySelf Journal for the last few weeks. It is based on scientifically proven methods that promote happiness, develop healthy habits for life and nurture enquiring minds. Beautifully illustrated and easy to use, with just a few minutes focus each day, children benefit by being encouraged to express gratitude, reflect on their emotions and think about their actions.
Each page is really well laid out. Give my daughter a blank notebook and she’ll never start it but that’s not a problem with this journal. You can see how each page is laid out with space for you to add the date you fill out the page, a quotation, place to record the top three things you are grateful for that day, an emoji to circle and a checklist to add anything important from your day.
The journal cover is cheerful and bright yellow which immediately makes you think sunny thoughts, and my daughter looks forward to filling in her journal every day. It’s a great introduction to gratitude practice, mindfulness and self-awareness. My daughter was learning about these things at school so she was really open to the idea of recording her thoughts in this way.
I think the journal is also great for encouraging a growth mindset. This concept has been around for a while but is something my children have struggled with. I find my daughter often wants to share what she has written about which is a great way of opening up some great conversations at home.
The HappySelf Journal is available to purchase priced at £19.90 (click here to buy) and currently available in English, as well as Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish! If your children are older than the recommended age range of 6-12 then you will be pleased to hear that a journal for teens is due to be published soon.
You can also get the whole family involved in some mindful journaling with the 7 Day Family Gratitude Challenge which you can download from the HappySelf website. This is a great way to get together, perhaps at meal times, and focus on the positives during these difficult days.
Win a HappySelf Journal
I’ve teamed up with HappySelf Journal and a reader of the gingerbread house can win a copy of the journal for themselves.
To enter my giveaway you must answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget below, there are some bonus entries too. The giveaway is open to those with a UK postal address only and ends on 4th May. The winners name will appear on this post.
Don’t forget to check out my other giveaways on my competition page.