February Newsletter

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Dear Friends,
2013 is off to a soaring start. My staff tells me I am a RAT, a loving person, a keeper of secrets, charming, hard-working, ambitious and bright. I am not bragging, it’s just that we’re getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year at PS 1 in Chinatown. What follows are a few of the latest and greatest events going on in our world. Most newsworthy is the launch of my first-ever empirical research study with hospitalized children at leading hospitals nationwide. Every day is Valentine’s Day at Soaringwords, sending you much love and healing energy.
Love, Lisa
W. 646-674-7105, C.917-499-3783, lisa@soaringwords.org
Soaringwords News
Cool recent Soaringwords events. Youth Leaders 80 fourth grade students at P.S. 1 in Chinatown created SoaringSuperheroes for hospitalized children at Harlem Medical Center, as part of a weekly Youth  Leadership Service Learning Program. Each weekly activity is designed to boost core skills (reading, writing, communication, critical thinking, creative arts) and build character strengths and virtues (resilience, gratitude, goal-setting, compassion and more). This week’s project is Chinese New Year Animals. A very big thank you to our fantastic team of volunteers and dedicated teachers!MORE PHOTOS

Community Outreach

Last week, Cigna’s Global IT department shared a three-hour Soaringwords employee-engagement program at the annual conference. It was a blast from the moment school buses of students from Hartford public schools pulled into the Marriott. The students loved being mentored by Cigna professionals who were taken aback by the sweetness and creativity of the children. Together, they decorated 100 SoaringQuilts and SoaringPillows to donate to patients at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The day culminated in a high-energy Zumba® Fitness dance celebration and Closing Circle where each person shared reflections from the day. MORE PHOTOS

Supporting Sandy Hook Families Middle school students at I.S. 528, in New York City, expressed their love and support for Sandy Hook families who lost a relative in the tragedy, by decorating SoaringQuilts® and a SoaringPillows® with customized messages and artwork of love, hope and inspiration. MORE PHOTOS

SoaringOrigami

Patients loved creating festive origami to decorate their hospital rooms and give as gifts, at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Origami is the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, an art form spanning over 1,000 years.  Learn how to make heart-shaped origami in time for Valentine’s Day! INSTRUCTIONS

Research
This month, I am excited to launch an empirical research study for my Capstone culmination project in the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. The research is being fielded at multiple Soaringwords hospital partner sites around the country. The purpose of my research project is to measure the impact of hope, positive energy, creativity, altruism and reciprocity on a hospitalized child’s well-being. Specifically, each patient will be given a customized SoaringSuperhero from another child and then invited to create a SoaringSuperhero to give to another ill child.  Over the December break, I fielded the pilot test at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Florida, here’s a photo of our first patient.

SoaringStar Ashley Morel

We want to give a shout out to 15 year old Ashley. During the Closing Circle at the IS 229 field trip, Ashley shared her personal experience with her classmates and all of the employee volunteer mentors.  “I will never forget this trip, it’s been so much fun, entertaining and heartwarming, especially decorating quilts and pillows for these beautiful children. I know  they are going through a tough time because I myself have experienced living in the hospital for weeks, sometimes for months, because of my Type 1 Diabetes. It is really boring to be in the hospital. This experience made me realize that it is not always about receiving it is also about giving and making others feel good about themselves.”
SoaringHealth & Wellness Often people tend to focus on what’s wrong or what needs to be fixed. Instead, we recommend that you tap into your strengths to discover what makes you GREAT! The VIA Character Strengths survey is a measure designed to identify your individual character strengths. The survey was created by Dr. Christopher Peterson and Dr. Martin Seligman, two of the co-founders of the field of positive psychology. The survey  has been taken by more than 2 million people around the world and was designed for both adults and youth. Put aside 30-40 minutes and jump into the  Via Character Strength Survey and discover your signature strengths. Soaringwords is incorporating the VIA into Youth Leaders programs in hospitals and schools.

Touch Points

Contact Soaringwords to share a team-building event at your company, school or hospital. We are currently putting together “Take Your Child to Work Day” programs. Please let us know if you’d like Soaringwords to be the highlight of the day.

Chinese New Year – Animals and Their Attributes

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Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year of 2130, the Year of the Monkey, begins on February 8, 2016. The Chinese calendar is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in that cycle relates to an animal sign.

Chinese tradition shows people born under an animal share certain personality traits and human characteristics. Look for the year of your birth, what are the traits associated with this animal? Do these traits apply to you? Do they apply to your friends born in the same year?

Another part of the Chinese New Year tradition is to wish peace and happiness for everyone. Chinese New Year is often accompanied by enthusiastic greetings, such as: “May all your wishes be fulfilled,” “May your happiness be without limit.”

Chinese tradition shows people born under an animal share certain personality traits and human characteristics. Look for the year of your birth, what are the traits associated with this animal? Do these traits apply to you? Do they apply to your friends born in the same year?

Another part of the Chinese New Year tradition is to wish peace and happiness for everyone. Chinese New Year is often accompanied by enthusiastic greetings, such as: “May all your wishes be fulfilled,” “May your happiness be without limit.”

Activity:

Make a drawing of an animal and have this animal send a greeting to a hospitalized child. e.g.: “Sending you patience and calm from this trustworthy Ox.”  See SoaringAnimal messages from P.S. 1 students in New York City

What animal are YOU?

Rat: You are loving, a keeper of secrets, charming, hard-working, ambitious and bright. You are adventurous, sociable, artistic and deep thinking. Born in the year: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900

Ox: You are patient, easy going and slow to anger. You are hardworking, dependable, calm and trustworthy. You are a born leader and like to follow rules. Born in the year: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913, 1901

Tiger: You are passionate, powerful, daring, sincere and generous. You are proud, courageous, unpredictable and sympathetic. You are proud and affectionate. Born in the year: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914, 1902

Rabbit: You are a good friend, kind, and gentle, soft spoken and tender. You are shy, lucky, flexible, artistic and affectionate. You are sensitive to beauty and aim for peace in your life. Born in the year: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915, 1903

Dragon: You are strong, successful, self-assured, proud, passionate and decisive. You are bold and loyal. You are eccentric, filled with energy and always on the go. You are powerful, wealthy and wise. Born in the year: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916, 1904

Snake: You are a deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful and creative. You are elegant, sensible, talkative, open minded and intense. Born in the year: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917, 1905

Horse: You are cheerful, talkative, popular and clever. You are quick-witted, capable, magnetic, open-minded and intelligent. Born in the year: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954,1942, 1930, 1918, 1906

Sheep/Ram: You are sincere, observant, peaceful and generous. You are sensible, creative and elegant. You are tender, sympathetic and sometimes shy. Born in the year: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907

Monkey: You are original and talented, charming, quick-witted and inquisitive. You are self-assured, sociable, polite, artistic, and intelligent. You are able to influence people and are successful at almost anything. Born in the year: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920, 1908

Rooster: You are dependable, adventurous and forgiving. You are neat and organized, decisive and responsible. You are scientific, enjoy learning and not afraid to work. Born in the year: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909

Dog: You are intelligent, responsible, gracious, honest, straightforward, loyal and sincere. You are sociable, open-minded, affectionate, sensitive and easy going. You are fair and work well with others. Born in the year: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934. 1922, 1910

Pig: You are trustworthy and trusting, loyal, peace-loving, patient, sincere and calm.  You are brave, noble and understanding. You are hard-working, passionate and intelligent. Born in the year: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911