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My First Journal
My First Journal
“I was amazed at how much discussion each page created. Thank you so much. I think this is an amazing resource for all children”Mom to a 3 and 5 year old
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3-month journal, B5 size (17.6 x 25 cm), 128 pages, premium 100 gsm responsibly sourced FSC paper, soft-touch cover, lie-flat binding.
We’ve had so many requests for a younger edition of our much-loved HappyMe Journal that we’ve created this My First HappyMe Journal for you to enjoy with the three- to six-year old in your life. It brings you all the goodness of our Junior edition adapted to this younger age group.
A daily quote or thought to help with a positive mindset
Build self-awareness. Circle and color in the character that best reflects your feelings
Practice gratitude by sharing the good things in your day
Checklists, challenges and questions support positive habits, mindset and behavior
It's specially designed to be a shared experience, and there are lots of prompts along the way to help spark lovely conversations as you fill out the pages. We have deliberately left things flexible so you can make the journal your own, with plenty of space for a shared writing, drawing and coloring experience.
There is no better time than these early years to lay the foundations for happiness by exploring the positive habits that will help your child for years to come.
Our journals bring positive psychology and proven happiness habits into a beautifully illustrated child friendly journal format. Beautifully illustrated and easy to use, with just a few minutes each day, children benefit by being encouraged to express gratitude, reflect on their emotions and think about their actions.
- High quality paper is pencil, pen and crayon friendly
- Larger format than our Junior edition with plenty of space for this age group
- The journal has a soft lie-flat binding to make it easy to write in
- Designed to be a shared experience so you can share the experience with your child
- Tested on children aged 3 to 6 to make sure the design and contents work across the age group
- Elastic strap and ribbon to keep your journal private and mark your page
- Undated so it doesn’t matter if you skip a day. Start whenever you want and use daily or whatever pattern suits you
- 3 months of daily journaling pages as well as a section of fun pages to fill out anytime
“I hope this journal becomes a beautiful way of exploring feelings, memories, kindness and gratitude as well as capturing what life is like for you and your child at this moment in time.”
With love from my family to yours
Francesca Geens, Creator The HappyMe Journal
RosieMom to a 3 year old boy
Ordered the first journal for my 3 year old son and it’s a really good conversation starter before bed about how his day has been. I never thought about asking about his feelings as thought he was too young but I was wrong as when we fill in each section, he has so much to say! It’s so important to have an open dialogue about feelings from any age. Would recommend.
VerityMom to a 4 year old boy
I bought My First Journal for my 4 year old son and he loves it! We complete it at bedtime each night, and it’s a great conversation starter for him to talk about his day, how he’s feeling and what he’s proud of. For me this is setting the foundation for him to feel comfortable talking about his emotions and my hope is that as he grows, and those emotions get more complex, he has the outlet and language to talk to us openly about them.
VerityMom to a 4 year old boy
The My First Journal for 3-6 year old is amazing!! The way the book is written is really creative and engaging, and the illustrations are absolutely phenomenal, some of the best I have seen!! Really well done to everyone who worked on this, I will be telling all my friends to buy this for their children or any young person they know!!
CamilaMom to a 4 year old girl
Thank you so much for the younger version of the HMJ. I bought My First Journal for my little girl who is 4. She has been telling me all about her day all of a sudden, and we have been working on naming feelings. She LOVES filling in the journal and coloring it in. Amazing product!
CamilaMom to a 4 year old girl
My First Journal for 3-6year olds is a wonderful product. I love the book and the illustrations are beautifully presented and well thought out for the purpose of helping children. Great work Design Team, 10/10 - would recommend
My First Journal
This brings you all the goodness of our Junior edition adapted for you to enjoy with the 3 to 6 year old in your life.
It’s specially designed to be a shared experience, and there are lots of prompts along the way to help spark lovely conversations as you fill out the pages. We have deliberately left things flexible so you can make the journal your own, with plenty of space for a shared writing, drawing and colouring experience.
The recommended age range is 6 to 12. Depending on your child’s reading and writing abilities they may need some guidance at the younger end of the scale.
The journal pages have been designed to have little writing and there is plenty of space for different handwriting styles or drawing. The paper quality can cope with a range of pencils and pens.
We highly recommend you fill out the journal with your child, even acting as scribe if your child is tired or dislikes writing, so that the emphasis can be on the conversation and reflection rather than the act of writing.
Available in yellow and limited edition colours. Translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish available from eu.happyselfjournal.com for EU shipping.
This one is designed with teens and young adults in mind. It follows the same daily journaling format but with a slightly more grown-up feel (ie without our family of characters). It also introduces a weekly structure and emphasis on developing healthy habits.
Available in cobalt blue and limited edition colours. Translated into Spanish, Dutch, German, French and Italian available from eu.happyselfjournal.com for EU shipping.
My First Journal and Junior Journal
The journal has three months of daily journaling pages and a section at the front they can fill out at any time. Children are encouraged to fill out their journal every day but as the pages aren't dated it is possible to do it at your own rhythm and easy to keep going should you miss a day.
Three months is an ideal length as it's similar to a school term and so feels achievable for the children to establish their new daily journaling habit. When testing the kids preferred this length and a longer book would have been too bulky or heavy for small hands.
This journal also has three months of undated daily journaling pages and a section that can be filled out at any time at the front. It also introduces a weekly structure with pages to preview and review the week.
This journal has more space for free journaling on the daily pages.
We are proud to supply schools around the world. Please get in touch to ask about pricing for schools and groups at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are our postage and packaging charges for the US:
1 Journal: $6.30 (USPS Media Mail) or $12.50 (USPS Priority Mail)
2 Journals: $7.30 (USPS Media Mail) or $15.50 (USPS Priority Mail)
3 Journals: FREE Tracked Shipping
Please note that you are responsible for any customs charges which may be incurred.
If you haven't found the answer to what you are looking for please send us an email at email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible (normally within 24-48 hours, Monday to Friday).
Please feel free to return your journal within two weeks as long as it is unused and in a sellable condition. You will need to pay for the return postage and we strongly suggest you use a signed for option as we can't issue a refund until we receive the goods and have checked that they are in good condition.
Please note that you are responsible for providing the correct shipping address. We cannot be held responsible for delayed or lost deliveries if the address provided is incorrect. If you are using PayPal, or other payment platform, please ensure that the shipping address on your account is up-to-date and correct prior to placing your order.
If your journal is returned to us due to an incorrect or incomplete address, or you were unable to collect your item from the local post office or courier depot, we will only refund you the cost of the goods and not the shipping.
You can email us with any problems or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our promise to you
We’re here to create happier futures by encouraging positive habits today. We believe so strongly in the quality and content of our journals that we would like to offer you a 3-month money-back guarantee.
If you use any of our journals for 3 months but don’t feel they have helped to instil positive habits in your family, we are happy to issue a full refund on return of your completed journal.
Simply email us at email@example.com with your order details to arrange the return of your completed journal to us. You are responsible for covering the cost of your return.
We aim to ship orders within two to three working days from our US warehouse.
COVID-19 update September 2021
We are still noticing some disruption to postal services in the UK and aboard due to increased volumes and challenging working conditions with staff shortages and the movement of goods around the carrier networks taking longer than expected. Delivery times still remain less predictable and may take longer. Please be patient if your parcel hasn't arrived yet and leave enough time before getting in touch with us. Unfortunately once your parcel is in the postal system there is nothing we can do to speed things up!
Thank you so much for your understanding during these unprecedented times.
Pre Covid-19 shipping times are as follows:
Shipping times can vary greatly but expect the following:
UK: 1 to 2 working days
Europe: 3 to 10 working days
USA and Canada: 3 to 10 working days
Rest of World: 5 to 25 working days
We are currently available in a small number of shops in the UK and abroad including Liberty London.
If you are a retailer who is interested in stocking the journal please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are currently only stocking those with a physical retail presence.
Good question! :-)
The HappyMe Journal is the US edition of The HappySelf Journal and both are published by HappySelf Ltd a UK based company. The US is the only region we sell our journal as The HappyMe Journal.
This edition is exactly the same inside and has been edited to reflect US English spellings.
Funnily enough HappyMe was one of the original names we had picked for our journal back when we started work on it in 2017 so it's nice to have it out with this name after all!
Here at HappyMe we are committed to being as eco-friendly as possible, and it is important to us that we use sustainable, recyclable materials where we can. We review this with our production partners regularly.
The ink we use is eco-offset and has no hazardous substances. All the paper and card used in our journals is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. The thread used to sew the binding is made from recycled water bottles. All our packaging is climate neutral and made with FSA paper and fully recyclable.
Our cover is Vegan friendly and made from polyurethane which can be recycled.
All waste paper used during production is recycled, and we use land and sea transportation wherever possible.
All our production partners regularly visit suppliers, and all suppliers and production partners abide and are governed by the local law of their country.
I bought this as a birthday gift for my great-nephew who just turned three. His mommy says they are loving the journal and enjoying it each evening as they calm down before reading/storytime and bed.
I bought the journals for three of my young granddaughters. They were very excited about it & immediately started going through it. I printed the instructions for their parents to work with them. I checked in last week & everyone finds the journals uplifting & valuable.