I saw the movie The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, this summer and it really struck me how those guys worked so hard to instill a positive attitude in the jaded college interns on their team.
In the movie, teams of interns compete to land a job at Google, but the teammates of Vince and Owen have given up before they even started. I had to laugh when Vince’s character passionately tried to inspire the students with the movie Flashdance and the story of a young welder who aspires to be a dancer. I have been known to give similar pep talks myself. It was rewarding to see how despite their skepticism, his young teammates pulled together and how much they accomplished once they turned around their negative attitude.
In this age of technology and social networking, it is so easy for kids today to grow up jaded and cynical. It is our job as parents and teachers to instill the values of positive thinking and gratitude. These are learned behaviors. I was recently surfing the Internet looking for ways to encourage positive thinking in kids, and I came across two fabulous resources that I wanted to share with my readers.
First, I’d like to introduce you to some one-of-a-kind Happy Thought Rocks, a feel good gift painted on natural river rock. All come with their own positive energy message. They come in assorted sizes and in a variety of cheerful colors, and are available as girls or boys. To “feed” the rocks, you need to share a positive thought on a daily basis. Studies show that people who count their blessings and focus on the positive are healthier and more successful. Giving your children one or more of these rock friends is a fun way to teach them to be positive and grateful. They also make great gifts as a reward for a job well done or a thank you gift.
These wonderful positive energy Happy Thought Rocks are all created by Wayne Dalzell, an artist and photographer from rural Northern California. Wayne has been painting these magical rocks for over 18 years. He is also a talented photographer with some gorgeous e-prints available for sale. (I’ve got two beautiful prints of hot air balloons hanging in my office.) To order your positive energy Happy Thought Rocks, visit the We Originals website. You can browse pricing and shipping information here. I received my package this month and love these new additions to our household! Each rock was individually packaged with a card containing the “Care and Feeding” instructions. Wayne has a special offer for my blog visitors. Place an order for Happy Thoughts rocks, and you can choose one of his $15 e-prints for FREE as a special gift! Browse his website and choose the one you want. I had mine printed and framed to hang above my desk.
Wayne recently shared a story with me about giving a Happy Thought rock to a family friend: Tonight we had some friends over for a short visit and they brought their 22 year old handicapped daughter with them. She is now living on her own (doing well) and was visiting them for the weekend. Just before they left, I gave their daughter Kelsey a small yellow girl HT Rock and showed her the Care and Feeding instruction card that goes with it. She was excited to get it and promised to feed it every day with a happy thought. Kelsey gave it the name of Vicki (her mom’s name) and said when she gets lonely she will talk to her mom through the rock and share a HT every day. Yes, another cute magical story that brings out positive energy in us.
Be sure to visit the comments section of this post for more stories of how people have used these rocks – and if you’ve used them before, please feel welcome to add your own!
Teachers also use these rocks in their classroom. In fact, that’s how I first discovered these rocks. I stumbled across a Pinterest board as someone had pinned a fabulous blog post by Laura Candler, blog author, passionate teacher, and creator of Teaching Resources – a website for grade 2-6 teachers featuring hundreds of e-lessons and e-books. Laura created a free downloadable Happy Thoughts Journal which she designed for her fifth grade class. Free! How generous is that? Not only is this journal great for classroom use, but it is also a wonderful project for families.
I only wish that all schools would give their students an opportunity to focus on the positive and share their experiences with others. Sadly, most schools do not make time for this in their curriculum. I’m grateful that Laura is doing so, however, and that she is sharing this free resource. Even better, you can use the journal in conjunction with the Happy Thoughts Rocks. “The Rockman” designed two cute character pages to add to the collection of pages in Laura’s journal. Visit Laura’s website to learn more about her books and resources for teachers.
And remember that it’s never too late to start a positive thinking internship with the kids in your life.
Want to take it a step further and develop your own positive thinking skills? Fill out the journal and treat yourself to some Happy Thoughts Rocks. In addition, Happify.com has offered my blog readers an opportunity to beta test their site for free. Check out my blog post to find out how you can participate in fun games and activities designed to boost your happiness.