For parents, raising happy kid is the holy grail of parenting success. But too often, we think happiness is about those short-lived moments of getting what you want. Lasting happiness is actually much more difficult, but much more pleasing. And yes, you can vividly increase your child’s chances of being happy, just by the way you raise him or her.
What makes a happy child who raises into a happy adult? Since happiness is a by-product of emotional health, this article is about helping you grow a happy child, from meeting your baby’s need to be calmed, to helping your toddler develop optimism. But let’s talk precisely about what makes humans happy.
How can you help your child to develop the ways that lead to happiness?
Teach your child positive habits to manage his mind and thoughts to create happiness:
Handling our moods, positive self-talk, celebrating life, cultivating optimism, practicing gratitude, and growing our connected-ness to each other and the whole universe. Build these into your life collectively so you model them regularly, talk about using them, and your child will replicate you.
Teach your child the self-management habits that make happiness:
Healthy eating, regular exercise and meditation are all linked with happiness levels. But you and your child may have your own, more personal approaches. For ex: many people use music as an instant mood lifter, for others a long walk, surround with greenery/nature always works.
We all need a supporter to help us over life’s hard times. Who says we can’t be our own? In fact, who better? Research shows that happy people give themselves ongoing assurance, acknowledgment, admiration and pep talks.
Help your child find joy in everyday little things:
Research says, people who find the small miracles of daily life, and allow themselves to be touched by them, are the most happier persons. Like, the joy of finding your favourite an old book at the library. A letter from Grandpa. The first rain of Monsoon. The warmth of connection with the man at the stall who knows you and your child.
Help your child develop thankfulness:
Many people think they can’t be thankful until they’re happy, meaning until they have something to be grateful for. But look carefully and you’ll find that it’s the opposite: people are glad because they are grateful. People who describe themselves as knowingly cultivating gratefulness are regarded as happier by those who know them, as well as by themselves.
Help your kid learn the joy of contribution:
Study shows that the pride of contributing to the improvement of society makes us happier, and it will make our kids happier too. Our job as parents is to find ways for them to make a positive difference in the world so they can relish and learn from this experience.
Lastly and importantly, Do more of what makes you happy!!
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