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What Are These Dice?

The dice are meant to support exchange and playful reflection about the day. They can be used by couples, families and individuals. They can be played at the dinner table, before going to bed or at any other time during the day that feels like a good time for exchanging experiences from the day. They can also be used at seminars, in business meetings or in youth groups.

The dice make the exchanges more playful and the hierarchical element which would be present if the parents asked the questions and the kids answered (which would be met with resistance by many children) is absent. Everybody can throw a die by himself, is thus in control and can answer the question. Therefore the exchange happens at eye level and experiences are shared equitably, the sense of togetherness is strengthened and the feeling of going together "through thick and thin" evolves. The capacity of the children (and the adults) to put themselves in somebody else's shoes and to problem-solve is strengthened - abilities which are important both for professional as well as personal success. The children learn to take responsibility for their actions and experience self-confidence, empathy and self-efficacy. They see that they can make a difference in the lives of the people around them, which contributes to experiencing their own life as meaningful.

Based on psychological research I decided to use six questions and would like to briefly explain why I chose exactly these questions.

What is the best thing that happened to me today? What was challenging for me today? These two questions support us in reflecting about our day and our experiences, identifying positive elements and learning from challenges. It fosters a conscious life and encourages the family to consult together how to master challenging situations, thereby developing and strengthening problem solving skills.

What did I learn today? This question creates an attitude of learning which children can best acquire when the parents are a good example and share their learning experiences as well. This conveys that learning is a lifelong process (when even the "ancient" parents are still learning ;-)) and that it is okay to make mistakes. This is a prerequisite for success in school and in the professional world.

Whom did I make happy today? Psychological research has shown that people who make other people happy not only contribute to a better atmosphere but are much happier themselves as well. And all of us could certainly use a little more happiness! :-)

How was I of service today? Happiness research was able to identify three paths to happiness. The most sustainable of the three is to use your own strengths in service of something higher than yourself. People who regularly and reliably do this are significantly happier than people who only work on their own happiness.

What am I grateful for today? The cultivation of gratitude, as proven by depression research, is a very powerful and sustainable prevention of depression and is also used in the treatment of depression with great success. Gratitude causes well-being and life satisfaction.

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