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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”Mum 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 HappySelf Journal that we’ve created this My First HappySelf 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 colour 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 behaviour
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.
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 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 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 HappySelf Journal
HappySelf Junior edition and continuation edition
The age range is 6 to 12 based around what my own children would enjoy and be able to do. Depending on your child’s reading and writing abilities they may need some guidance at the younger end of the scale. There is flexibility and I have had good feedback from parents buying it for 3 to 5 year olds as well as young teens (and adults).
The journal has 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.
I 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 a range of limited edition colours.
Translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
US English also available.
HappySelf Journal 12+ Edition
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.
These are for 6 months and allow children who have already completed our Junior edition to continue with their daily journaling habit. It is not necessary to complete the Junior edition first but we do recommend it as it has a different introduction and front section. New habits can be hard so starting with the shorter journal would be our recommendation and give your child the best chance to get off to a positive start with their journaling practice.
HappySelf Journal (12+ Edition)
This journal also has three months of 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.
Yes we will ship to most regions as long as you are happy to pay for the relevant shipping costs and any customs charges which may be incurred.
USA: July 2020 update: We ship to the US as The HappyMe Journal and you can order this at happymejournal.com
Canada, Australia and New Zealand: we have sites specifically for these countries allowing you to buy in your local currency. Head over to:
All other destinations:
UAE: We no longer ship to the UAE due to the large number of parcels being returned undelivered.
Covid-19: Royal Mail has placed the following locations on suspension due to Covid-19 so we are unable to ship to these locations at present. All other locations are experiencing varying levels of delay.
Botswana, Cuba, Haiti, Kosovo, Mauritania, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Paraguay, Reunion Island, Seychelles, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Venezuela.
Please see the question below for shipping costs. If you have any questions please email email@example.com
Don't you just hate those sites which don't disclose the shipping costs until you are on the final check-out screen?
Here are our postage and packaging charges for the UK:
Journal x 1 £2.75 (Royal Mail First Class)
Journal x 2 £4.50 (Royal Mail Tracked 48)
We offer free shipping on all UK orders of 3 or more journals
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 UK warehouse.
Due to increased volumes and challenging working conditions the postal services in the UK and abroad are experiencing delays. Delivery times are therefore 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!
Royal Mail has placed the following locations on suspension due to Covid-19 so we are unable to ship to these locations at present. All other locations are experiencing varying levels of delay.
Azerbaijan, Barbados, Botswana, Cayman Islands, Chad, Cuba, Djibouti, Fiji, French Polynesia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Samoa, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos Islands, U.S. Outlying Islands, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Thank you so much for your understanding during these unprecedented times.
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
You will receive an email confirming that your order has shipped with tracking information (if applicable).
If you have any questions about your order please email firstname.lastname@example.org and Francesca, Katie, Amy or Ann will get back to you soonest.
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 email@example.com. We are currently only stocking those with a physical retail presence.
Here at HappySelf 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.
We offer both a Royal Mail Tracked service and a next day courier service with DPD.
Our final date for accepting Royal Mail orders will be Sunday 20 December. These will be dispatched on Monday 21st.
However, we can't be responsible if Royal Mail is unable to meet its delivery timings and we strongly urge you to order early this year and/or to choose the next day DPD option.
We will only be offering next working day DPD delivery for orders received between 21st - 22nd December. Orders placed after the 22nd may not be fulfilled until December 29th and 30th.
Normal dispatch will resume on Monday 4 January 2021.