Because Amelia Smiled By David Ezra Stein

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because_amelia_smiledLaughter is contagious. This book will show you the healing power of one girl’s smile to motivate a chain-reaction of happiness all around the world.

On every page of this beautiful picture book, you will see the impact that one person’s smile and kindness can have to inspire people to do something nice for others. At Soaringwords we know that this “pay it forward” spiral of positive action has a positive cascading impact on your physical and mental well-being. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that when you experience kindness your body makes more oxytocin (the happy hormone) and your cortisol levels (the ones that rise when you are feeling really stressed out) go down. So run and pick up this book and start to smile and create your very own domino effect of happiness and joy.

1) Many of the examples in the book were stories about how a kind act was given to a stranger. Think about the past two days and list three kind things that people have done to make your smile. Did someone hold open an elevator door for you? Did someone give you a really special greeting when they saw you? The examples you choose can be really small or large.

2) Pick one of the examples and draw a picture.

3) Think about three good things that you have done in the past week that made someone else smile. Maybe you worked really hard on a goal and were able to make progress, perhaps you did something nice for another person. It can be anything, big or small. Pick one of the examples and draw a picture.