This guest post is from Becky Goddard-Hill, co-author of Create Your Own Happy– a happiness boosting activity book for 7-12 year olds and their families. All the activities are based on scientific findings that explain why doing them will create happiness.
Becky is talking to us today about encouraging children to support a cause. I am a huge advocate of getting children to help and support other people and charities, earlier this year my youngest who was seven at the time ran 25km throughout the month of March and raised almost £170 for Children with Cancer. This was such a positive thing for him to do, it not only gave him a huge confidence boost, it helped keep him fit and made him feel so proud of himself.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss (Author of Cat in the Hat)
Do you have a cause that means a lot to you? You probably do. Maybe you are vegetarian and want to encourage other people to try this too. Maybe you want to support girls right to be educated in developing countries? Maybe you want to find a cure for cancer.
Why should we encourage children to care?
Children thrive off having a cause to believe in a support. It can bring out the very best in them and can teach them so much about empathy. Supporting a cause is a brilliant way to develop some important lifelong skills too such as organisation and communication skills. Lastly standing up for what they believe in can make a child feel significant and powerful and strong.
Here is an activity for kids that encourages them to find and promote a cause they believe in. It’s a really good idea to do it alongside them each of you working on a different cause and encouraging each other.
Let’s support a great cause
Whatever cause means a lot to you it is well worth speaking out and up about. You may be only one person but wow! You are powerful.
There are so many ways to support a cause, you could make a badge, start a petition, write to the newspaper, design and hand out leaflets, go on a march, talk to people, join a support group and oh so many things.
Today we would like you to make a poster to support your cause – try and make it really eye catching and get your message across as clear as possible.
You can print off the attached PDF and draw your poster in the space provided
So how did it go?
Was it easy to come up with a poster idea? Do you think you might display it somewhere? What else might you do to support your cause?
How it works
There are so many benefits doing something meaningful with your time and energy like supporting a cause you believe in . “Find something more important than you are,” said philosopher Dan Dennett discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.” Well you don’t have to be that fanatic but supporting a good cause will help you feel happier and will make your life feel meaningful and happiness experts have always believed a meaningful life is a big part of a happy one
Create your own happy by standing up and shouting loud about what you believe in and believe you can make a difference – because you absolutely can!
Create Your Own Happy will make the perfect Christmas gift this year. You can purchase it on Amazon for just £6.59.