Optimism is powerful. When human beings grow their capacity to see and focus on the goodness in themselves, others, and the world, their social, emotional, and cognitive superpowers emerge.
In the life changing relationship business, optimism is a required, pragmatic, and evidence-based approach to overcoming adversity. The Life is Good Playmakers take an optimism-infused approach to trauma-informed care.
Playmakers working in schools, hospitals, and social service agencies across the U.S. and Haiti.
kids each year who overcome trauma associated with poverty, violence, and illness thanks to Playmakers.
of childcare professionals report the Playmaker program has a positive impact on the social, emotional, physical well-being of kids they care for.
What I’ve learned is that once you know trauma, it’s even more essential to know (in the same kind of lasting forever way) compassion, humor, authenticity, fun, gratitude and above all else, love.
When Camille’s mom, Robin, turned to me and said, "I want to make all the cutesy stuff," I smile and asked her to tell me more. She told me more about the art projects they’d started through hospice services and how important it was to capture good memories.
There are a lot of assumptions made around the world about what kids in Haiti need. As someone who works closely with these kids every day, I can tell you that our kids need what all kids need: nutritious food, clean water, a warm, safe place to sleep, learn, and grow, time to play, and people who love them to play with.
I figured out that a big reason why the kids were connecting with me was because of how I was making them feel. Engaging them in a way that brought joy and laughter. I wanted to make my Headstart classroom a place filled with love, fun, and compassion – a place where kids could actually play.