Little Box of Cards That Make a Big Difference to Family Life

creatinghappinessfbmemeHave you noticed how social media is full of memes telling you how to find happiness? Oh look! Here’s one!

I recently wrote a blog post about how to think your family happy and another one about what blocks your path to happiness, so does this mean I am joining the Happy Clapping Clan?

Well urrrm yes I am. With every post ending #getyourhappyon it may seem trite if your day or your life is not going according to plan.

Believe it or not, when I created my Smiley Thought Cards that wasn’t my intention at all. I had bigger ideas than just getting every body to smile and be happy. I know this doesn’t come naturally to some people – even though when we are born our natural state is joy. Then life gets in the way and happiness seems to be something we are chasing.

So back to the cards. The cards were created from a very personal experience that lead to me being happier in my life, but I noticed that not only did they make me feel better, they changed my thinking, they helped me to see the good stuff and got me seeing life through a different filter. I can’t tell you how useful that is if you are anxious or prone to worry.

Now the cards are being enjoyed by families everywhere, (and I do mean everywhere – they are in Australia and America), it occurred to me that they were so much more than finding happiness, feeling good and being positive. Not forgetting that the children don’t even have to understand what’s behind the cards, it is just the enjoyment for them.  The magic happens without even them realising it. They were so much more than I had anticipated. It may surprise you to know other ways the cards are being used:

1. Children with Selective Mutism 

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My friend, Lucy Nathanson of Confident Children has produced some super educational and engaging videos with helpful tips for  communicating with a child who has Selective Mutism.  Lucy has recently bought a deck of Smiley Thought Cards to use in her wonderful work.

2. Adults & Other Therapists 

We all have an inner child inside of us that wants to be heard and seen. Inner child work is carried out by trained therapists who work with adults wounded by their childhoods. Some of these therapists are discovering that the Smiley Thought Cards bring out the necessary playfulness and magic for healing.

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3. Reading Practise 

“Genius tonight with the Smiley cards. B didn’t have much enthusiasm for the school reader tonight, so I said ‘Hey how about we pick 4 of your Special Thought Cards to read?’ Fanned them out like a deck of card and he chose 4. He then read them all front and back. Then wanted to look at and read the fronts of all the rest. #ReadingSkills”

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4. Connection & Conversation Starters

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5. Fun with Friends  

One Mum wrote to me and told me that her daughter was doing readings for her friends. Look at her go!

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6. Inspiring Creativity

Children have been drawing and sending me pictures of Little Smiley. I’m going to have to get some more dolls made aren’t I? Another thing to put on my to do list. We under estimate the connection children have with their toys and pets. I know when I was younger, I had to make sure my toys were comfortable before I went to sleep and I really wanted to look after them. I have clients who have teddies to watch over them at night and keep them safe.

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7.Knowing the Self

i am unique and specialWhen children come to coaching, they often don’t know why they are special or what they are good at. I sense fear that this might be seen as showing off.  There is a difference between knowing yourself (your good bits and bad bits) and getting in everybody’s faces with it.

It’s important to know that we are valued as human beings and not human doings! At school we are graded according to our achievements which is all about what we can do. Just by being ourselves with all our gorgeous qualities, we are unique and special. I want everybody, not just children to know this fact. It’s a big confidence booster and takes the pressure away to be constantly doing.

It’s also good to think about how our specialness shines and touches the other relationships in our lives – siblings, friendships, parents, neighbours etc.

 

8. Breaking out into Song 

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If you have a deck of cards and they have made a difference to your life, I’d love to hear about it. You can share your experience in the comments section below or email me directly.

COMEANDSAYHELLODuring November, I am doing 9 free 1-2-1 mini coaching sessions. I’m afraid these sold out within 40 minutes but if you want to keep up to date with my give-aways and events, sign up to my monthly newsletter. You even get my free eBook which has lots of ideas of  how to connect with your family at a deeper level.

If you would like a Smiley Thought Card reading there will be more events between now and Christmas where you can come and say hello.

Sun 25th Oct – Holistic & Mystic Fair, Denbies, Dorking

Thurs 19th Nov – Love What We Do – Christmas Market – Hoebridge Golf Centre Woking

Thurs 12th Nov – Circle Time at Little Angels, Worplesdon

You can join the masses and ‘getyourhappy on by getting your own box of Smiley Thought Cards here

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Love Smiley x

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