Have you ever noticed how most children seem to be happy all the time. They delight in the smallest pleasures and it is so easy to put a smile on their faces.
If you’ve noticed, you may have also wondered why it’s so easy for children to be happy… and so seemingly difficult for us moms.
So what does the word ‘happiness’ really mean?
Happiness can be defined as being in a mental or emotional state of well being. The characteristics of happiness are when you feel pleasure, contentment, and joy. This would explain why children feel happy so easily. They enjoy simple things like reading a book with their mom/dad or helping make dinner. Or just dancing to music or visiting with family.
The key word being simple… children are easily made happy because everything is so simple. They’ve yet to complicate their simple joys with all the what ifs, should’ve, could’ve, would’ve’s, regrets, disappointments, and all the other things that we allow to steal our joy.
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The effect of happiness on your health
We know that laughter is good for the soul. That a smile can instantly lift a bad mood. But there was also a study performed in 2005 by Andrew Steptow and Michael Marmot which showed that happiness and health have a direct correlation.
This applies to both adults and children. The report showed that happy people lived 14% longer than those who were not happy. So now you can add longer life to the list of reasons why you should be happy.
Raising happiness in your children
Raising a happy child is important… and as a parent you have the responsibility to ensure that your child is happy and enjoying life. Normally it is fairly easy to see when your child isn’t happy, but not always.
Changes in behavior often mean that something is wrong and it may take a while for your child to open up and talk to you. So make a point of talking to them and keeping the lines of communication open so they’ll feel comfortable coming to you and discussing how they’re feeling.
As a busy mom, you have to make a real effort to do things with your children. This could be something as simple as having a movie night or a dinner date. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Kids love easy. And all they really want is your time.
Final thoughts on what happiness means to moms
Your child may remember what you say, but they’ll definitely remember what they see in you. So if you want your child to be happy the best way to achieve their happiness is to show them how it’s done. And to be happy yourself. 🙂
I want to hear from you!
What does happiness mean to you? And how do you raise happiness in your child? Please join the discussion in the comments below.