Gratitude Letter

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This simple activity is considered one of the most powerful positive interventions  by leading positive psychology scientists around the world. Creating a Gratitude Letter will have an immediate impact on enhancing your personal well-being AND the well-being of the person you are expressing feelings of gratitude towards.

Keep it simple. Just get started. Here’s a suggested opening you can use (or write your own words).   Dear (Person’s name):  I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you. It might be surprising to get a Gratitude Letter out of the blue but I wanted to tell you why I am grateful to you. 

Then just list a couple of things for which you are grateful. Give specific examples if you can since this makes it more powerful.

Expand the joy.

If you want to get the MOST benefits from this positive exercise…. It’s even more powerful when the person writing the gratitude letter gets to read the letter to the person receiving the gratitude letter. If you can’t do this in person, perhaps you can read it to them over a video chat or the phone. Or you can mail the letter.

Here is an example that a Soaringwords supporter sent to us.

Dear Hannah,

I know I don’t say this as much as I should, but I just wanted to take the time to thank you. When I was dealing with my chronic pain at its worst a year ago, I really felt like I could count on you. It didn’t matter that you didn’t always know what to say. The fact that you were trying and you were there for me — it meant everything to me. I remember on my birthday, you stopped by to give me a cupcake and a card. I have that card hanging up in my bedroom now, as you might have seen. It was a small touch that showed your endless compassion and empathy. I am so grateful for your friendship. Also, thanks for letting me text you whenever I wake up in the middle of the night from pain. I know you love your sleep! See, you make sacrifices for the people you love. That’s something I want to pay forward to you and other friends because you make me feel so loved. Thank you, thank you, thank you.




Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges

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When children and teens are ill, they experience many different feelings that are hard to express. Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges, is an exercise journal created by Rose Offner, MFA and Sheri Brisson, MA to empower children and teens with medical conditions to build resilience through their challenge. You can download  the individual journaling worksheets here in English or Spanish. Subjects include: Circle of Support, Treatment and Hospitals, My Life, Moving On, Identity and Self-Esteem, Feeling Exploration.

Click here to download different theme pages and to start writing your unique journal. 


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2016_03_31_14_45_35003Idioms are expressions that use nature or animals or common actions to make a point in a fun and dramatic way. When something comes easy to you without too much effort you might say, “it was a piece of cake” meaning that it was simple. If someone says “a penny for your thoughts” they want to know what you are thinking.

Choose an idiom below or think of your favorite expression to make a message and artwork to give to your nurse, someone in your family, or another hospitalized child. Your gift will “Make someone’s heart sing!” which means it will make them feel really happy (and make you feel great as well).




Choose an expression or think of your own:
2016_03_31_14_45_35002At the drop of a hat:
without hesitation, right away
Ball is in your court: it’s up to you to make the next decision
Best thing since sliced bread: a great idea or invention
Can’t judge a book by its cover: cannot judge based on appearances
On the ball: when someone understands the situation well
Once in a blue moon: when something happens rarely
Raining cats and dogs: heavy rain 
See eye to eye: when two or more people agree on something
Sitting on the fence: when someone does not want to choose or make a decision
Take it with a grain of salt: not taking something too seriously
To hear it straight from the horse’s mouth: right from the source



2016_03_31_14_45_35001Here’s How to Get Started:

1) Pick your expression and write it on the blank line at the top of the border.
2) Think of the best way to illustrate it, fill the whole page with your drawing.
3) Sign your name on the bottom and share what you made with the others in the room.
4) “Pay it Forward” – give your special message and artwork to someone else. Go to to make more and invite your family to make a SoaringExpression message for you!



SoaringLove Message for Someone Special

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2016_01_27_13_03_27002When you love someone or something it makes you feel really happy so your heart expands with joy. Many different cultures have LOVE symbols to communicate this powerful positive feeling.

  • Native Americans consider the Hummingbird to be a symbol of love
  • Chinese people think the Maple Leaf shows the sweetness of love
  • In Norway and Iceland, the Harp symbolizes love
  • Hinduism and Roman Mythology consider the Shell to be a love symbol
  • American Sign Language has the “I Love You” sign, which is depicted in the artwork on the left.

Today you are invited to make a special SoaringLove message and artwork to give to another patient to brighten his or her day. If you want, you can surprise someone in your family or your doctor or nurse by making your SoaringLove message just for them.

Here’s How to Ge2016_01_27_13_00_26003t Started:

  1. Think of things you love that make you happy. It could be your favorite stuffed animal or your pet or your favorite toy or anything that puts a smile on your face.
  2. Draw a picture of this to “give” to another person.
  3. Make a special message on the bottom of the page that completes this sentence “I drew this picture for you of a ______________. I am sending this to you with lots of Love!”
  4. Write your first name and age on the bottom of the page.

Do make your picture really big. Fill the entire page with your picture and message.
Do make your picture really bright and colorful.

After You Finish Your SoaringLove Message:
Give it to someone special like your mom, dad, brother or sister, friend, nurse, doctor or another child in the hospital.

Click here to download the activity and the border.

6 Easy Steps

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  • Identify a local hospital with pediatric patients.
  • Ask your friends and family if they know someone at the hospital who can help “open the door” if Soaringwords doesn’t already have a relationship with that hospital.
  • Soaringwords will reach out to the hospital to get approval, or you can take the lead once you have talked to Soaringwords. Download recommended hospital introduction documents through Dropbox:

Schedule a hospital visit prior to the first class to meet with hospital professionals to:

  • Fill out any necessary paperwork the hospital may require.
  • Confirm monthly date, time and space.
  • See the room/space for the class and perform a sound check.

If you are the team lead, be sure to confirm with the hospital and your volunteer team one week prior to each monthly class.

Complete mandatory Post-Event Feedback Form after each class:

Email photos to and Soaringwords will feature you in social media! Have fun!


Volunteer to bring Zumba to hospitals

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Since 2012, we have providedfree monthly Zumba® Fitness classes in pediatric hospitals. The overwhelmingly positive reaction from hospitalized children, their families, and hospital staff has inspired us to expand this successful initiative. That’s where we need your help to share more Zumba love! 

Volunteer Job Description:
-Be part of a small and vibrant team.
-Respond to daily email requests from Zumba Fitness instructors and hospital partners. Troubleshoot to get the classes running in hospitals. 
-Manage on-going relationship and logistics: collect monthly feedback from Zumba leaders and hospital partners.
-Help coordinate Zumba fundraising events.
-Photoshop experience is a plus.

If interested please email us at or call 917-499-3783.

You can work at our office or remotely. We are located at 

5 West 86th Street, Suite 1500
New York, N.Y. 10024