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Teaching your kids to be happy

BY TAMARA RAJAKARIAR. Mercatornet

Let’s face it – kids are meant to be happy and full of life, but all too often these days we come across little ones that are sulky, moody, and just keen to get back on their mum’s iPad. Not ideal! So when I came across this Time article about happiness, I thought it had some good ideas that could be worth taking on and instilling in your children. There are the usual ones like learning to give, but here are a few more:

Gratitude

Teaching your kids to say a simple “thank you” might just seem like teaching manners, but you’re actually teaching happiness. Why? Because people who are grateful and appreciative are a lot happier – they see the good in life, it’ll help to improve their relationships, and they learn to make life better for the people around them.

Play to your strengths

Doing what you’re good at is bound to increase happy thoughts because of the resulting feelings of satisfaction and healthy pride. So it makes sense to encourage the unique talents of your child, even if it’s not the talent you may have wanted for them. She prefers basketball to ballet? Support her in developing that strength.

Develop good relationships

Research shows that the happiest people spend time with the people they care about and have solid relationships. I think that the first way to develop this in a child would be with the example of your relationship with them – spending quality time and talking, and getting them included when you’re socialising with family and friends (instead of staying locked away in their room).

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