“Whether you are a teacher or a parent this easy to use guide is an invaluable resource for raising happier and empowered kids! I read it from cover to cover and the games and processes that are described are a simple addition anyone can make, whether its in the classroom or at home, to a child’s routine. It doesn’t take a lot of time or materials but the benefits to the children are enormous! This is something, I feel, that could actually turn an “at risk” child’s life around…by teaching them that they can choose their thoughts, they have that power to choose to be happy, no matter what is going on in their life circumstances, they are in control of how they will respond. I hope all of the educational institutions will embrace these concepts and practices and quickly! Should be part of every curriculum.”   – Babette P. Zschiegner, Certified From HeartBreak to Happiness Coach, Author of  Traveling with Your Autistic Child: 76 Tips for Joyful Family Adventures  For more information visit her website:  www.peacewithautism.com 


Patricia Hung“This guide contains many tools for an educator to create a calmer more empathetic classroom setting. Children learn to think outside themselves and bring peace to their own lives. They will learn skills that they can use for the rest of their lives, not just as children. As a mother of 5 children, I have used some of these processes to help my own children deal with disappointment and upset. I am so grateful to have different ways to approach parenting that reduces frustration levels for all of us. Do yourself a favor and read this guide. For educators it’s a must and for parents, a delight.”    –  Patricia Hung, Certified From HeartBreak to Happiness Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Author of Seven Simple Ways to Support Those  Who Grieve. For more information visit her website: www.coachingjoy.com


The challenge I had before using the guide was getting my students to take responsibility for their actions and realizing they have the power to control their emotions and actions. My first impression of the games was that it was open ended enough to allow me to integrate current situations that applied to what was going on in our school or environment. From using this guide, my class and I, have been able to connect on a different level then teacher/student. We have been able to discuss situations that occur in our school and in our homes that affect our daily outlook. The children have realized they can either let a person or situation ruin their day or change their way of thinking to make their day better. They now know, how to deal with the situation in a better way independently.”   Morgan Davidson, 4th grade Math Teacher, Cincinnati, Ohio


sue martin

“This is a must have!! Being a Baby-Boomer grandmother of 4, ages 2,4,7 & 10, I have found  the guide to be fun, helpful and very easy to use. Positive Affirmations work even with the 2 year old but more profoundly with the older kids. When the older kids get a little too wound up we “play a game”. I use the processes in Chapter 5 “In a Matter Of Seconds” and Chapter 9 “Restart the Heart”. We don’t need anything but our minds,it settles them down and puts us all in a happier place. Can’t wait to use the other “games” with the kids. Thanks Gretchen and Gina for giving me some new tools to use.  P.S. I ordered a copy for both of my daughters.”    Sue Martin, Grief Coaching for the Baby-Boomer Caregiver. For more information visit her website: www.peaceandharmonycoaching.com


What 4th grade children had to say about the games, when asked the following questions: 

What do you like about the games you have played at the beginning of class?

“That it changes you how you feel. If you were upset and you do a game then there a 50,50 chance you feel happy.” – Katelyn 

“They make me feel happier and calmer.”  – Hailey

“That I can express my feeling.” – Raven

“I like all the games because they help me relax and be happy and be calm.” – Kaleb

“I think it is very creative and a great idea to calm people down. It’s very fun and cool to me. I really like it.” – Ally

“That it helps me and many different ways. It also helps others with there frustration and problems.” – Kaylie

“It helps me think of good things when I was thinking of bad.” – 4th grader

“What I like about the games is.. they make me happier.” – Brianna

“I liked the games because they help me from being sad up to a 10.” – 4th grader

“I like games we play because they me me better and happy.” – Tatum

“I like the games we do in the morning, because if I am sad the games make me happy.” – Jordyn

“I like that it puts you in a better mood.” – 4th grader

“The games that we have played I have loved. Because they help me out when I have a situation.” -Krissy

“It makes you feel good.” – Cain

“I like Creative drawer because I am a artist along with my friend Caldo.” – Kamren

“They make me feel better at school when I feel sad.” – Keegay

“The games are relaxing and fun to do when you’re mad and frustrated.” – Alysa

“ What I like is that it puts a smile on your face.” – Macie

“I like the games because they just make me happy even if things are not going so well. They make me think only good things about what had happen, because of them games I am always happy.”– Malia

“I only played one, it was, A Little Wishful Thinking. I played the game it make me think about what I like.” – Tre’van

“Yes. I like it, because it gives me a feeling it will happen in real life.” – Mason

“I like them because there peaceful and they really help with your mood.” -Andrew

“I like about the games are because they help me with bad situations.” – Kylie

“They made me calm and happy.” – Josh

“I love to play Mind Full Breathing. I like the most In a Matter of Seconds, because it lets me tell about my day.” – Chris

Some of their favorite games were:

What do you want? / Imagination Runs Wild / Quieting the Mind, Opening the Heart (Mindful breathing) / In a Matter of Seconds / A Little Wishful Thinking 

Have you used any of the games on your own (away from school) to help you feel better? Which one? Did it work?

72% of the children used 1 or more of these games at home and felt better:

Quieting the Mind, Opening the Heart (Mindful breathing) / In a Matter of Seconds / Imagination Runs Wild / Restart the Heart

Of these games, Quieting the Mind, Opening the Heart was used the most.