Purpose: Ice Breaker, energizer or motivator.
Materials: mints, wrappers and quotations
Instructions: Encourage Mints or Accomplish Mints can be any type of mint wrapped in a paper printed with an appropriate quotation or saying, or they can be placed in a baggy with the quote or otherwise distributed as a unit.
Prepare the mints prior to your session, selecting quotes, encouragement, tips or hints which are appropriate to the theme or focus of the session. Suggested sources for quotes:
- books which use quotes throughout such as
- Cultivating True Livelihood, by Denise Bissonnette
- Becoming Courageous & Outrageous: A Joyous Journey, by Pat Nichol
- Tango: Dance of Self-Discovery: Fun & Simple Steps to Passionate Partnerships & Soulful Living, by Katherine Carol
- quotation sites such as
- listservs or newsletters which include regular quotations such as careerpronews
- Distribute the mints as rewards for volunteering, for suggestions, correct answers etc.
- Quotes may be read aloud and used for discussions, or they may be privately read.
- Discussions on positive attitudes, support systems or the tips or hints which were the content.
- Accomplish Mints could be given to the entire class, as a closing exercise or appreciation.
- Fortune Cookies could be made instead of using mints. (Commercial fortune cookie makers will make inserts to specifications, but they usually require a large order. You can also make them yourself.)
- Have the class find the quotes, assemble and distribute them to each other.