Enjoy building resilience with your family today.
With this program parents help their children learn how to bounce back from everyday challenges and thrive.
Backed by 170+ studies, this program helps parents and children learn specific skills to increase resilience.
The 135+ hands-on activities make this program fun and engaging for children from age 4 to 18.
How It Works
Spend 10-20 minutes each week learning the concept yourself and getting the activity ready.
2 Learn Together
Guide lecture-free learning through scientifically-designed activities, stories, and discussion ideas.
3 Make It Stick
Make it stick in the minds of your family members with songs, meditations, stories, superheroes, and more.
How Our Program Helps Your Family
With our program, parents learn specific ways to teach scientifically proven skills to increase their children’s positive emotions and boost resilience.
Five to Thrive
Each of the five core concepts in Handful of Hope has been shown through research to help individuals increase their resilience and thrive.
Antidote for Stress
Positive emotions—like joy, gratitude, and satisfaction—can actually undo the effects of negative emotions and stress in our body.
Just Happy Thoughts?
Research shows that a “positive mental attitude” does not help to decrease stress hormones like boosting positive emotions.
We Turn Science into Family Fun
Researchers have identified what makes us emotionally strong. We’ve transformed this research into activity-based learning.
The Rezillion Superheroes are delightful reminders of the concepts.
Award-winning artist, Greg Newbold, created a whimsical illustration of the five core concepts, including the Rezillion Superheroes. Since some of us are visual learners, this is one way to make the skills stick in the minds of your children.
Fun new songs reinforce the concepts throughout the day.
Here’s a sampler of our five original songs. These toe-tapping resilience messages are even more powerful because music is processed differently in our brain. Well-known director and arranger Masa Fukuda and the One Voice Children’s Choir teamed with award-winning songwriter Jeannine Lasky to create these songs.
Tailor our program to your children and teens with 135+ activities.
This sample activity from Connection Month vividly demonstrates that if you stay connected to others, you may fall but you won’t hit bottom. When teaching your family, you can choose from dozens of hands-on activities to adapt Handful of Hope specifically to how your children learn best.
Lecture-free learning through 10 engaging children’s stories.
Our brain is hard-wired to enjoy, remember, and access information through stories. In these 10 original stories by Nathan Morgan, Austin and his pals in the Adventure Club get into one scrape after another, but along the way use resilience skills to solve their problems—and usually there are magical chocolate chip cookies involved!
Your hand is a reminder of the five resilience skills.
The key to learning is to make it “sticky.” Does a concept stick in your mind for one day? One week? One year? Or does it fly out of your mind 10 minutes after hearing it? There is a symbol and saying for each Handful of Hope core concept to make it stick in your children’s memories for years to come.
Effective for Everyday Families and Those with Special Circumstances
Our program helps children in foster care thrive despite challenges.
The skills learned in our program act like an emotional shield against depression, discouragement, and defeat. These skills also become a springboard to help children bounce back from setbacks.
Support foster families by making a tax-deductible donation today.
We help children in foster care adapt, grow, and thrive—even when they face challenging or less-than-ideal circumstances. We’ve partnered with University of Utah to conduct research on how our program benefits children in foster care.
A special thanks to our major sponsors.
We Collaborate with Researchers to Measure Effectiveness
Benefit from our ongoing, innovative resilience research.
Handful of Hope research reveals that all family members, including parents, benefit in surprising ways from participating in our program. Our researchers ended up developing a new measure to capture this phenomenon.
Try It Free
Find out more about how Handful of Hope transforms the science of resilience into family fun with free access to our introduction–Get Started. Then try out the first week of Gratitude Month with your family–also for free. See how learning together can be enjoyable and helpful for the everyone in your family.