A lot of my posts have centered around the idea that positive thinking can make a difference in your day to day life therefore making a difference in your life as a whole. Focusing on small moments throughout your day makes you feel more powerful and in control and the more you feel that way, the better equipped you are for the bigger life decisions that come at you. Kind of a sneak attack approach to getting the life you want.
The main problem with positive thinking is, we are in complete 100% control. We like to think that is a good thing, but in reality it is a really hard thing. For whatever reason we don’t like having to depend on ourselves for our own happiness. It’s much easier in the short term to blame everything around us than it is to look inward and change perspective.
This is why we read any book on the topic, post zillions of inspiring quotes on our facebook walls or if we’re old fashioned (like me) on pieces of note paper posted all over our desk. We will take any help we can get to persuade ourselves to think positively.
A very creative and intuitive lady named Amy Humes created a line of positive thinking decals for children that I bought instantly for two very special little ladies in my life. Let’s face it, every habit we have as adults – good or bad – every talent or skill, we can trace back to when we were kids. The earlier you can train yourself to change perspective and believe you have control over your own thoughts, the better.
These decals are pretty to look at, stick anywhere you want and say all the right things. They are not digital, you can’t plug them in, they don’t talk back to you, there’s no game involved… it is, in a sense, completely “powered by you.” This is why I was pretty nervous giving them as gifts to a 5 and 3 year old. With all their cool gadgets why would they spend anytime with a pretty piece of paper that “does” nothing? I also had a hard time explaining it to the more inquisitive 5 year old: “So if I press this… I will giggle??” … “If you press this, you will feel better.” It felt like a lie, but it really wasn’t. That’s just my adult brain not believing …probably because I didn’t have these decals as a kid!
The best was helping them stick the decals up in their room…one for The Greatest Day to press before school, one For Giggles when they are sad and one for Sweet Dreams before bedtime. To my surprise, they couldn’t wait to touch them before bed. The 3 year old pressed it a few times actually.
Amy’s line is called Oola and you can read all about her and this great product here. She also makes a set for adults. I know a few people who could benefit from this one…
I came across this wonderful product on a blog run by an old friend called Mommy Testers. The main Mommy Tester, Jillian, works with a group of moms to test out anything kid related, including new toys on the market. It’s a great resource for any mom or anyone looking for a fun creative gift to get their mom friends and babies. I highly recommend it!