Brain Boosting Superpower

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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.


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.

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.


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.

Whether thought, spoken, or written, words have the power to build or destroy. Use your words wisely.


In the comment section below, tell us first name, who you are writing to, and what you are thankful for.
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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

IMPORTANT: Students, NEVER reveal personal information while commenting. NO last names or contact information. I will delete any comments that contain personal information or comments that are inappropriate or off-topic.

32 thoughts on “Brain Boosting Superpower

  1. I’m writing about my cat because I love her alot and I’m thankful for a loving family and pets ( 2 cats a lizard and a dog)

  2. Emily, I think I’m going to write to theater (yes, the activity) and thank it for being such a big part of my life and for providing me with a way to dispel of all of my negative energy

  3. My name is Ruthie, I’m writing to my mom, and I’m thankful for her because she treats me wonderfully and also without her I wouldn’t be here writing this. And if I feel like writing another, I’ll do my cat, because she’s so sweet and adorable. Sometimes, when I’m doing something in the basement, she’ll walk right up to me and start purring and winding around my legs!

  4. Hi, my name is Katherine. I’m writing to my mom. She’s a big part of my life, she is my teacher and supports me in my everyday life, AND on top that she has 6 kids and still finds time for me. So that’s why i love her and am thankful for her.

    • I forgot to say that yesterday’s writing prompt was really fun for me, except the fact that it went by so quickly. Sometimes it just flies by!

  5. My name is Bella, and I am thankful for my deceased cat named Midnight. She was very intelligent and she kept me on my toes! I miss her and will always remember her. I might right another one to my step mom because she always spends time with me (even though I am just one of six).

  6. Hi Michelle,

    Found a few typos: Brain researchers discovered that and

    In question 1: Who (OR) are what are you truly thankful for?

    Have a great day!


  7. My name is Maria. I’m not grateful for very many things. As a matter a fact, I want more than what I’m grateful for. But I guess if I were to choose, I’d be grateful for existing. If I didn’t exist, I’d have nothing- literally, nothing, not even a body.

  8. My name is Kaylie. I’m thankful for my first Gifted and Talented teacher, Mrs. Simon. She’s not only a teacher and a writer, but I also think of her as a second mother. I’m thankful that she taught me to use my writing talents for good.

  9. Maddie- I am writing to my mom.I am thankful for that she brought me into this life.

  10. My name is Kaitlin, and I am writing to my friend Matthew. I am thankful for the encouragement that he has given to keep writing.

  11. My name is Isabella. I am writing to my awesome family and friends, I am grateful that they are always here for me!

  12. Hi, it’s Madison. I got a late start to my writing, but I finished. I wrote a letter to my BFF Lucy, who is moving to London this August. I am grateful to have met her and I’m glad we become great friends.

  13. Hello its Tara and I am thankful for Ava for coming to gymnastics and being my best friend

  14. Its Alia, and I am going to write to my mom for being a writer which encoraged me to be one to. I also like to draw.

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