When I lost my mom to breast cancer in 2016, I not only had to cope with the grave loss, but I also had to deal with the anxiety and depression that came with losing the most influential person in my life. Instead of self-medicating, I turned to a more effective measure to deal with her sadness… gratitude.
I began looking at things from a glass full perspective to deal with the depression of losing my mother. I noticed that when I switched her thinking from “poor me” to “I am fortunate” I saw the world within my soundings in a more positive light. I went from thinking I was a victim, an orphan, for losing my mother to thinking how fortunate I was to have had her in my life for all these years..
As I delved into the positive aspects of gratitude, I soon realized children and adults could benefit and change their way of thinking from negative to positive – I just needed to create the right mechanism for people to be active, rather than passive, participants in positive thinking. And so the creation of The Thankful Series was born.
What I learned about gratitude, gratitude journaling and coloring was remarkable. I came to understand that being grateful was victimless because it isn’t self serving. Being grateful is about giving credit to others for one’s own success. It shows us how we are supported and affirmed by others – a team effort that fortifies our social emotional well-being. I always felt a little entitled to my mother’s unconditional love for me simply because I was her child. But, when she was gone, I realized what a gift she gave me to have been loved so unconditionally.
For my audience, she wanted young children to feel the same positive emotions I was feeling by just expressing gratitude. My Thankful books, which include The Thankful Unicorn, The Thankful Mermaid, The Thankful Dragon and The Thankful Reindeer provide children (of all ages) with the mental and physical benefits of increased optimism, heightened confidence and a greater feeling of self-worth. By writing down the things we are grateful for disconnects us from the negative things in our lives. The simple act helps us shift our attention from negative to positive emotions.
The Thankful Series includes prompts for gratitude expression as well as coloring pages. I added coloring to the books because research showed the added benefits of coloring stimulates creativity, improves motor skills, provides an outlet for self-expression and more. All things we can benefit from.
Having a sense of loss, whether it’s the loss of a person or a loss of our sense of self can be devastating. It changes us. It can ingrain negative behaviors that we don’t know how to deal with effectively. I’ve felt that before and my hope is that when others, children and adults alike, experience emotional pain that they have something thankfully positive to turn to.
Where to Buy:
The Thankful Unicorn
The Thankful Mermaid
The Thankful Dragon
The Thankful Reindeer
Hayley has been entertaining and educating children across the country since 2002.
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The Thankful Unicorn is a groundbreaking and uplifting coloring journal designed to build confidence, improve self-esteem, calm anxiety and inspire creativity!
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Amazon → https://www.amazon.com/dp/1950842118
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