Shift and Shine for the Young at Heart

The qualities of joy, caring, appreciation and openheartedness, which most children so naturally possess, have the power to transform our lives. So whether you are 6 or 60, the Shift and Shine® Technique can help you or children sustain these cherished and admired qualities.

HeartMath’s Shift and Shine™ Technique is a fun and effective tool developed especially for ages 3-6 that has proven beneficial in giving children an early start on how to manage their emotions and engage in socially accepted behavior, while also strengthening positive feelings such as love, caring and appreciation. Like adults, children, even our youngest, experience stress, and this tool can help lessen it by teaching them skills they can carry throughout their lives.

Parents/guardians, grandparents and teachers will find this technique easy to teach and enjoyable for children and themselves. It takes only a few minutes, so you and your children can practice it daily.

Emotions give meaning to our lives.  The power of emotion can enrich our lives beyond measure – meaning, color, texture.  Understanding the power of your emotions is vital for having a fulfilling, healthy life.  Click to receive this Free e-booklet, The Power of Emotion.

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Shift and Shine Technique
Parents, help your children with the following steps:

1. Heart Attention: Place your attention on the area around your heart or center of the chest. It helps to put your hand over your heart area. For young children, model this by putting your hand over your heart.

2. Heart Breathing: Now pretend to breathe in and out of your heart. Take three slow breaths. For young children, model the breathing.

3. Heart Feeling: Think of someone or something that makes you feel happy, like your mom or dad, or a special place that you visit, like the park. Feel that happy feeling in your heart and then shine that happy feeling to someone or something special – your brother or sister, or the whole world. Let the children experience the feeling for a few seconds.

That’s all there is to it, but practicing these steps daily or a few times has the power to reinforce the best qualities in children, to improve their outlook, self-image, sense of security and more, including the following:

  • Strengthen expression of positive feelings
  • Improve impulse control
  • Improve relationships with family and friends
  • Increase learner readiness for school

Emotions give meaning to our lives.  The power of emotion can enrich our lives beyond measure – meaning, color, texture.  Understanding the power of your emotions is vital for having a fulfilling, healthy life.  Click to receive this Free e-booklet, The Power of Emotion.

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Learn more about the benefits of HeartMath’s Shift and Shine® Technique in a special color slide presentation, Click here.

Grandmother Sees Results

Debra SheehanHeartMath certified Qualified Instructor Debra Sheehan, who has been giving biweekly Early HeartSmarts® lessons to her three grandchildren, Sydney, 3, Xavier, 6 and Savannah, 9, shares how Shift and Shine has helped her grandchildren:

Recently, during a Sunday school lesson, Sydney’s teachers called on each child to share what was unique or special about him or her.

When it was her turn, Sydney answered, “Shift and Shine.”

Shift and Shine, what is that? the Sunday school teachers wondered.

Sydney explained by teaching the Shift and Shine HeartMath tool to the instructors and other class members, who were of varying ages.

“Grandson Xavier has a stuttering problem, and Debra asked him one day if she could stop him when he stuttered and guide him in the Shift and Shine Technique. He agreed and his stuttering stopped immediately after practicing the technique.

Emotions give meaning to our lives.  The power of emotion can enrich our lives beyond measure – meaning, color, texture.  Understanding the power of your emotions is vital for having a fulfilling, healthy life.  Click to receive this Free e-booklet, The Power of Emotion.

kids at a boat dock

Last month, the three grandchildren, Sydney, Xavier and Savannah, were arguing over something, so Sheehan stepped in and asked them to do a Shift and Shine. The bickering stopped.” Read the complete story, 3-Year-Old Shines with Children and Adults.

View the slide presentation or the audio of Shift and Shine Technique.

Whatever your age, try the Shift and Shine Technique and let us know if it is fun and effective for you or your children?

Emotions give meaning to our lives.  The power of emotion can enrich our lives beyond measure – meaning, color, texture.  Understanding the power of your emotions is vital for having a fulfilling, healthy life. Click to receive this Free e-booklet, The Power of Emotion.

25 comments

Rhonda Bird
Rhonda B.3 years ago

very sweet.

Rhonda Bird
Rhonda B.3 years ago

very sweet.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

interesting

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

thank you

Angela N.
Angela N.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Rosie Jolliffe
Rosie Lopez3 years ago

thank u!

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

taking time to enjoy the moment and to celebrate is important

Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell3 years ago

Nice :)

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks.