The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

What are the 7 Habits of Happy Kids ?

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids were developed by Stephen Covey.  He is an international leadership authority and life coach through his prolific works as an author, including the bestsellers The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

In Covey's 7 Habits of Happy Kids,  we are introduced to areas of focus that will help kids be more successful, positive, and therefore happier individuals.  Who wouldn't want that for their students !! Therefore, Uncas School has embraced the 7 Habits through our Character Education program.  We have created multi-graded teams, one for each of the 7 Habits. 

We have:

              Team Sammy Squirrel - Be Proactive

              Team Goob Bear - Begin With the End in Mind

              Team Pokey Porcupine - Put First Things First

              Team Lily Skunk - Think Win-Win

              Team Jumper Rabbit - Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood

              Team TagAlong Allie - Synergize

              Team Sophie Squirrel - Sharpen the Saw

Be Proactive classroom poster

Habit 1 — Be Proactive

You're in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Begin with the end in mind classroom poster

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind

Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Put first things first classroom poster

Habit 3 — Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Think win-win classroom poster

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood classroom poster

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

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Habit 6 — Synergize

Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Sharpen the Saw classroom poster

Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.