CASE STUDY #1
Portland School in Whangarei are using AwesoME Inc® guided journals as part of their daily programme and have seen many positive side effects for their students.
“It has been heart warming for me to see the evolution of the things they identify. It started with friends and school. Now they are saying things like, my mum making my bed and cleaning my clothes, my warm home and loving family.”
Senior Class Teacher, Portland School
The Sports Club...
AwesoME Inc and the Melbourne Football club collaborated to create ‘My Heart Beats True’ Gratitude Journals to complement the Club’s community program ‘Every Heart Beats True’ - focused on health and well-being in schools . The journals are an effective and fun tool to encourage students to make regular gratitude practice a part of their daily routine.
“The Melbourne Football Club are delighted with our finished product. The project has been an overwhelming success, as we have had excellent feedback from players as well as a high level of interest from schools in regards to the journals. I sincerely thank Nicky for her support and expertise in helping us bring this project to life!”
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Health and Wellbeing Program a Hit
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Our kids are experiencing ANXIETY, ANGER, SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES and other BIG EMOTIONS they don’t know how to deal with.
Parents, schools and clubs are more aware than ever of the importance of emotional wellbeing and raising resilient kids.
As a parent of two pre-teen boys, and a family history of mental illness, I wanted to create a product to help my kids learn the essential skills to deal with life’s ups and downs.
A simple but powerful solution!
The Resilient ME® Gratitude Journal for Kids — a before-crisis guided journal that is full of tools and fun activities designed to improve mental fitness and wellbeing.
Ask us about customising wellbeing journals with YOUR SCHOOL or CLUB brand.
Gratitude and resilience journals for kids (ages 5-12) and teens (13+).
Pictured – ‘Dare to Dream’ custom designed journal for Waihi School in South Canterbury.
“This should be funded into the hands of every primary school aged child. Teaching kids how to look after their mental health and about resilience is as important as teaching them how to swim, or read and write.”
ANNA FLOWERDAY - Parent
“Always use your journals as examples in my work. Best I’ve ever come across.”
DR EMMA WOODWARD
The Child Psychology Service
“I thought they were terrific. I actually pinched a couple and took them home for my two kids. That was probably my favourite workshop and I think teaching gratitude is an important thing about appreciating what people have from the smallest to the biggest of things.”
Co-Captain, Melbourne Football Club
Our guided journals help kids to understand that the big feelings they are having are normal, and teaches them simple ways to build resilience, stay calm and maintain a positive attitude.
Whilst the children might not entirely comprehend the tools, all based on the latest psychological research, they work! Presented in a fun and engaging way to create essential healthy habits, build meaningful connections and facilitate behaviour change to improve mental fitness. We can’t always stop our kids facing challenges but we can teach them the skills so these challenges don’t break them.
The perfect tool to incorporate into existing development programmes.
By incorporating AwesoME Inc gratitude and resilience journals into your school or club wellbeing programmes you are giving your kids a jump start to more purposeful engagement in life, at a crucial time in their development, while also serving your mission to help them flourish.
Every child deserves to have the best shot at developing a strong mindset to face life’s challenges. They really are capable of extraordinary things and childhood is the perfect time to develop resilience.
Our kids and teen journals are used by across NZ, Australia and USA as part of existing programmes, with added workshops included or as gifts for leavers. Ask us about customisation.
“My juniors love them!
It's part of our bigger push for well-being.”
MELANIE - Teacher
Rangi Ruru Girls School
“It’s moments like this that make me proud to be a member of our great club. The players represented the club so well and the messages they gave to the students really gave them something to think about (even just their reactions when they were told they can keep their gratitude books – some of these students are from low socio-economic backgrounds, so things like this just make their year).”
BEN MALONEY - Lead Teacher
Wilandra Rise Primary School, Australia
“They were a huge success and the students are still talking about them! Thank you also for generously supplying our students with their own Gratitude Journals. They are such a brilliant resource and are being used regularly as part of our Wellbeing Program.”
St Roch’s Primary School, Australia
“It actually makes me quite emotional because I think how resources like this could’ve helped me so much as a child. You should be super proud of the things you are doing to help our kids.”
AIMEE – Parent
“My Juniors love them!”
It’s part of our bigger push for well-being.”
MELANIE – Teacher
Rangi Ruru Girls School
“I am stoked.”
“This is so powerful and a great tool to help raise resilient children. I wish it was something every student in NZ schools had too. Positive kids equal motivated kids!”
BECKY – Parent
"They are fantastic. A few years ago I had thought about designing a gratitude journal as I just couldn’t find anything I liked. Yours have everything in it I would have put in one myself. I love them especially the kids ones. Well done."
Keela [Essence of Light]
"I recently purchased two of the Resilient ME Gratitude Journals for my children and they are absolutely brilliant!! My daughter struggles a lot with empathy and thinking of others so when I saw these advertised on facebook I thought it was worth a try. As soon as they arrived the kids were both doing the first wee activities and they love doing them every night and as a parent I really enjoy reading what they have written or where they are sitting on the happiness scale. Next step is to purchase one for myself to encourage a bit of positivity. Thank you so much ."
"I recently received one of these fabulous journals and a set of inspirational postcards from what I'm now certain is the best husband in the world. This year my main goal is to achieve happiness in even the most anxiety-filled moments and internal-battles which made it a bittersweet gift, considering he actually remembered! (he has sports on the brain pretty much 24/7 which meant I was super impressed). The packaging was on point and my products were beautifully gift wrapped for the occasion which made it an experience to open (I'm a sucker for beautiful wrapping). Keep on making the difference you both do Bex and Nicky, I can't wait to see your book hit the shelves and my front porch."
"The service was so fast and so personal replying to all my emails. Journal arrived today. Its beautiful with really great quality. Can not wait to start my journey with my journal"
"The kids got one of these (kids gratitude journals) each for Christmas. What a hit! I have one on the adult ones on my wish list now!"
"I recently brought one of your journals for my sons 10th birthday. I did hum and har about buying him one but I am soooo happy I did. He has moments of anger and gets really down on himself very quickly. We read the intro together and he has looked forward to recording his days since. You guys have an AMAZING product and I look forward to buying my other children one each also!!!!"
Gratitude brings people together by fostering connection on a much wider scale, helping both individuals and communities to thrive.
We believe the benefits of gratitude can spread beyond the kids to teachers, family members and their community.
Teaching children from a young age to look for the good in each day, is teaching them a way to be happy no matter the situation they may be in.
Children’s ability to think gratefully can be strengthened in as little as two days and has long lasting effects where they are happier, kinder, and more helpful.*
Research has shown that practising gratitude makes you feel good, it makes you more resilient, makes you more generous and more compassionate.
It helps you feel less isolated and lonely, boosts your immune system and helps strengthen your personal relationships, as well as improving sleep.¹
Children who practice gratitude show increased positive emotions and optimism, decreased negative emotions and physical symptoms, and feel more connected and satisfied with school, family, friends and themselves.²
There is also evidence that teens who practice gratitude are more engaged in their schoolwork and hobbies, have higher grades, and are less envious, depressed, and materialistic.³
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WILD + FREE – TEEN JOURNAL
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CREATE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE – TEEN JOURNAL
*.J. J. FROH, G. BONO, J. FAN AND R. EMMONS. 2014. NICE THINKING! AN EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION THAT TEACHES CHILDREN TO THINK GRATEFULLY. SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW 43:2, 132–152.
1. J. J. FROH, G. BONO, AND R. EMMONS. 2010. BEING GRATEFUL IS BEYOND GOOD MANNERS: GRATITUDE AND MOTIVATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY AMONG EARLY ADOLESCENTS. MOTIVATION AND EMOTION 34:144–157;
2. J. J. FROH, AND R. EMMONS. 2011. GRATITUDE AND THE REDUCED COSTS OF MATERIALISM IN ADOLESCENTS. JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES 12:289–302;
3. BONO, G. 2012. SEARCHING FOR THE DEVELOPMENTAL ROLE OF GRATITUDE: A 4-YEAR LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS. ORAL PRESENTATION AT THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION’S 120TH ANNUAL CONVENTION, ORANGE COUNTY, USA.