By Michelle Lynn Senters-
Today, we are going to find our BRAIN BOOSTING SUPER POWER!
Now, before you think this is kids stuff, let me assure you that the following activity is great for both kids and adults.
What Makes KIDS ARE WRITERS DIFFERENT?
Like school and other writing programs, KIDS ARE WRITERS teaches writing skills. BUT, there is something that makes us different. We also teach WRITING PRINCIPLES AND BRAIN HEALTH.
KIDS ARE WRITERS believes that we must write using a set of principles… a set of beliefs that guide our writing. We also believe that writers must learn how to protect and grow our brain. After all, the brain is a writer’s greatest tool!
Today’s guiding principle has to do with POWER.
Words have power. Writers must choose their words carefully.
Words, whether spoken or written, have the power to:
-build or destroy
-hurt or heal
-bring joy or pain
Once a word is spoken or written, we can never fully take it back. Therefore, we must choose our words carefully and use them purposefully.
Today, we are going to use our words in a powerful, life-giving way.
Gratitude is the feeling or expression of thankfulness.
Brain researchers discovered that our attitude and expression of gratitude GREATLY affects our body and brain.
Gratitude increases our:
Gratitude increases our perceptions of connectedness and contentment.
It gives us better sleep and lowers anxiety and depression.
So, what is our BRAIN BOOSTING SUPER POWER ACTIVITY today?
We are going to combine our belief that words have power and the knowledge that gratitude is good for our brains AND write a letter of gratitude.
ACTIVITY: WRITE A LETTER OF GRATITUDE
1. Think of someone or something you are thankful for. This can be a family member, friend, pet, or teddy bear. Use your creativity. Who or what are you truly thankful for?
2. Write a thoughtful, life-giving, powerful letter of gratitude to the person or thing of your choice.
3. Write your letter skillfully. Think about word choice and sentence structure. Remember, you are using your superpower for good.
4. You can choose to give your letter away or keep it for yourself.
5. NOW, write another letter to yourself- a thoughtful, life-giving, powerful letter that gives you hope and strength.
Remember, WORDS ARE POWERFUL.
Whether thought, spoken, or written, words have the power to build or destroy. Use your words wisely.
Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a Reading Interventionist and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.