Monday, May 9, 2016

3 Easy Steps to Help us Raise Happy Kids

We all strive to ensure we raise happy kids... New research suggests that if a child's parents (that's you!) are happy, if his classmates are cheery, if his neighborhood pals are smiley, then he's more likely to be sunny, too. Here are three easy steps to help us along the way to keep our child in the happy-go-lucky loop:

Stay well connected

Happiness is like the flu, says James Fowler, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, and the study's coauthor. The more happy people you come in contact with, the more likely you are to pick up their good humor. So to make sure your child is fully exposed, join a playgroup, schedule playdates, try to hit the playground when you know there'll be plenty of other kids there.

Stress laughter (not achievement)

The fundamental point of human existence has more to do with experiencing happiness than success, says Fowler. Of course, when your kid is older, you'll want to make sure he's getting the best education possible, but for now, opt for fun activities and toys over "brain-boosting" ones. And if you're in the market for daycare or you're ready to check out preschools, consider ones that emphasize social skills and play over drilling the ABC's.

Go to your own happy place
This doesn't mean forcing a smile through gritted teeth while you rifle through that stack of bills on the kitchen table. It means doing something that you know will push your bliss buttons—crank up some music you really love or take your tot out for ice cream. There's nothing like a chocolate-smeared grin on a little kid's face to instantly perk you up.

From Parenting

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Natasa | Laptop said...

I agree completely that young people should come out of this exercise understanding that there is no good ethical choice here, and that weighing one life against another is, as you say, a very slippery path.


Naina Bose said...

These are amazing steps to keep happy Kids. I really appreciate your work. I follow these step and i hope every thing is fine.great work thanks for sharing.
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