When we are doing things that we like, we feel a state of joy. This visualization gets kids thinking about the things they like that are linked to feeling joyful and/or happy. This activity can be used any time, but might be helpful when kids are feeling bored, disconnected, or a little distracted.
1. Find a comfortable position. Relax your body.
2. Read the following script with your child:
Imagine a blue, blue sky above you. Notice the cool air. Breathe some cool air into your lungs. Pay attention to how the air feels as it touches the back of your throat and inflates your lungs. Looking down, you see a happy paint brush at your feet. It is for painting your happiness. Pick it up. As you swirl it through the air you see wonderful colors flowing behind it. You are painting the sky! Watch the brush as you swirl and twirl it around. Chop the air with it. Splatter paint with it. See what colors flow behind it as you swish it this way and that way. Watch what pictures appear from your painting. Know that you can paint whatever you would like. Think about what your happy paint brush would paint. It is your happy paint brush and it will only paint happy thoughts that you think. When you watch your paintings appear, notice the feelings that come along for the ride. Focus on those feel “good” feelings and know that you can hold onto them and keep them with you as long as you would like, even for the whole day if you choose!