Every parent wants their child to be happy all the time. If it were possible, their lives would be an endless string of laughter and joy, but of course real life doesn’t work that way. Even so, we idolize those moments when our children are happiest, keeping them as photographs that are stuck to fridges, screensavers on our computers and framed around the house. While a permanent state of happiness is impossible, there is one quick, simple (and often neglected) way to ensure that you raise a child who is happy.
What is it? Starting with yourself!
The only way a child can truly comprehend what happiness looks and feels like is to see someone else experience it. Showing your child how to pursue happiness and live a joyful life is the first step in making sure they are happy themselves. That doesn’t mean you have to have a beaming smile every moment of the day. In fact, the opposite is true. By showing children how you deal with difficulty and adversity, while keeping a positive outlook, you’ll begin to build that skill within them too. If they see that, no matter what happens, you can control your level of happiness, they will learn to mirror that behavior.
So, prioritize your own happiness and allow yourself to smile, even when you’re having a bad day. It’s for the kids…