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JOY & HAPPINESS: Print + Digital SEL Game | Social Emotional Distance Learning



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Looking for a fun game that will bring players feelings of joy and happiness?  If so, you’ll love our  Joy and Happiness Card Game! Inspired by positive psychology, the questions and prompts invite players to talk about the things that bring big smiles to their face.   Playing the game is coping tool in and of itself, as research shows that that practice of gratitude is a helpful and effective stress management skill.


Ways You Can Use The Joy and Happiness Game:

  • Small Groups for Social Emotional Learning Support and Skills Practice
  • Individual counseling sessions as an assessment tool.
  • The actual act of playing the game provides insight into children’s social skills, decision-making process, frustration tolerance, level of respect for rules & boundaries, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Playing also builds social skills!
  • Fun for Family Game Night!
  • Community and relationship building classroom group activity


Now Available in Both Print and Digital Game Formats

You now get to choose between playing the printable card game format or the digital Google Slides™ version.  So whether you are in person or need an interactive fun and joy-filled activity for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered!


How to Play The Digital Joy and Happiness Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding question/prompt having to do with joy and happiness. Move game pawn to cover the number just answered. Players continue to take turns answering questions/prompts and moving their pawn pieces until the first player/team has completed a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line of either 4 or 5 in a row.

For a Free “Sample Example” of how the digital game works, please download my Conversation Starter Connect Game!


How to Play The Printable Joy and Happiness Game

In the spirit of other popular shedding-type card games, the player to get rid of all their cards first by wins. Players try to “match” the top card in the discard pile, by either laying down the same number, color (or shape, if using the black & white set), or type of action card. If the card contains a question or prompt about joy and happiness, that player shares their response. The player may choose to decline to respond by using 1 of their 2 Pass Tickets. Action cards add fun twists and turns to the game. Actions include:

  •  TAKE 3: The next person in line must take 3 cards before taking their turn.
  • ROTATE RIGHT / ROTATE LEFT: All players pass on, or “rotate,” their cards to either the left or right, so that everyone exchanges hands with each other.
  • GO AGAIN: Player gets to “go again,” gaining an additional turn.
  • FREE!: Player who discards a FREE card is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
  • FREE + SPY!: Player who discards a FREE+SPY card can spy on one player by peeking at their cards and then is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.


Make sure to check out our Free Gratitude Prompts!

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Feelings + Emotions, Individual + Group Counseling

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✔ The Joy and Happiness Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of The Joy and Happiness Card Game: in both color AND black and white! So if you don’t have access to a color printer, no problem! You can download and print in black and white too! Instead of color, players match up cards with shapes!

✔ Detailed Game Directions

✔ Tips on how to use the Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention

✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts

✔ Action Cards

✔ Pass Tickets


I used this with adults varying from 18-54. They loved it. Made them smile and feel appreciative of things in their lives. We actually ran out of time and had to name the winner who had the least amount of cards! Will be purchasing more later.

-Samantha M.

July 13, 2020, TPT Review



My students really enjoyed playing this game. It was a great final activity for some of my small groups. A tip for others – It is a good idea to review all of the different types of cards with students BEFORE playing the game. When I skipped this step, some of my students got a little upset because they weren’t expecting some of the “twists.” However, when previewed, my students felt prepared for the unexpected and handled it well.

-Counseling Classics (TPT Seller) 

December 7, 2021, TPT Review 



These cards were so great! My students loved them. The questions were different enough that they didn’t get bored but they were so engaged!

-Allison B.

March 26, 2021, TPT Review



As a school counsellor, this was such a bucket filling activity! The conversations that transpired from the question prompts from my kiddos were uplifting. It was great to take time to focus on the positives as a gentle reminder that there is still so much to be grateful for despite this pandemic. Thank you WholeHearted Counselling for your incredible resources.

-Jenn P.

March 19, 2021, TPT Review



I love all the card games that you make. My students love the card games as well. It really helps using these cards with students to help them open up.

-Sahar B.

August 27, 2020, TPT Review


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