20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation have partnered with Smiling Mind, to produce a Trolls meditation app, to foster positive mental health in children.
The app, which is FREE to download, has been launched in conjunction with the Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital release of Trolls. Get ready for the kid’s minds to be transported to the clouds by the voice of wisecracking Trolls character, Cloud Guy. The app promises to help kids “…calm down, relax, and focus on developing contentment and happiness from within, rather than looking to external factors to find happiness”.
Smiling Mind CEO and clinical psychologist Dr Addie Wootten said the new meditation concept would inject some laughter into meditation to engage more children to build this much-needed skill that is known to enhance resilience and reduce emotional distress.
“Mindfulness and meditation has a huge evidence base now that supports that this practice can aid children in a range of ways including: enhancing well-being, improving sleep quality, improving concentration in class, and enhancing awareness and management of their emotions,” she said.
The partnership with Trolls is the brainchild of a 11-year-old mini-meditator and avid user of the Smiling Mind app. She asked her mum to approach the not-for-profit with the idea to harness children's love of movie characters to make meditation fun and enjoyable.
“Children love movies and story-telling and we know the enormous benefits children experience from doing even a short five-minute meditation. So, when the idea was presented we thought it would be hugely beneficial to combine the two.”
Smiling Mind, which was developed by psychologists using mindfulness techniques, is already being used in 18,000 classrooms in Australia and around the world, with more than one million students having experienced the benefits.
The DreamWorks Animation & Smiling Mind Trolls meditation on the free Smiling Mind app is available for free to download between now and September. Click here to download.