All the cubes I’ve created so far have meaning, but this one is special because it was made to provide emotional support to children in refugee camps. We even worked with psychologists to get the wording just right and make sure teachers can use the cube with children who have survived trauma to guide them in coping with their emotions.
The Happy Cube is intended to engage children through movement on multiple emotional levels inspired by self-compassion, mindful expression, self-regulation, happiness, and loving-kindness.
When we give back, we share a deeper sense of connection. This is true both personally and professionally. In my book Culture Infusion: 9 Principles to Create and Maintain a Thriving Organizational Culture, encouraging team connection and giving back is principle 9. Giving back is engrained in the culture of Actualize Consulting, and as one way of enhancing corporate social responsibility, we encourage cause-related employee activities that we are passionate about.
So far, I’ve sent 150 Happy Cubes to the Amal Alliance’s Smile 4 Happiness pilot program, which “aims to channel inner strength and positivity through recreational activities, athletic programs, mindfulness, and fostering creativity for displaced youth.” For every Zendoway Cube package purchased, I will donate an additional cube to a displaced child in an Amal Alliance safe learning space.
I’ve always been passionate about kids. They are the reason behind why I started making Zendoway cubes in the first place—as a way to get breathing into my kids’ schools without using words like “meditation.” What started out as one cube has morphed into 12, and now even counselors and corporate offices use them. At Actualize, we give out a Principles cube—which outlines many of the components of Culture Infusion like breathing, communication, and the 3P Method—to all new hires. We encourage them to keep it on their desk as a physical reminder to take care of their well-being.
More cubes and their uses:
1. Questions. This is a cube designed to empower, with questions that focus on training us to think positively and reflect inwardly. It’s perfect for meetings since it makes a thoughtful icebreaker.
2. Play, Happy. With questions and activities perfect for children, these make a great mindful gift for any event to which children are invited.
3. Yoga Poses, Chakras. Because these cubes are perfect for stretching and affirming our bodies, they make great activities for corporate retreats and team building. They make it easy to teach a little bit of yoga and meditation to fuel team well-being—no experience needed.
If you have a passion, chase it. It will take you places you’d never expect and can turn into incredible things—much like the Smile 4 Happiness initiative.
If you’d like to learn more about the Smile 4 Happiness initiative, you can check it out here: http://bit.ly/PRzendoway or the cubes here: www.zendoway.com/cubes.