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10 Ways To Teach Your Child The Art Of Happiness
Happiness and positivity can make a huge difference to your child’s wellbeing and achievement. In recent years, the media has been full of stories about the increase in mental health problems in children and young people. Whether or not your child’s school is teaching happiness, there’s a lot you can do to help them be happier on a day-to-day basis. These include:
Keeping a gratitude journal
Every day – even if it’s been a rubbish day – your child can write down 10 things that they’re grateful for but usually take for granted. This stops them focusing on the negative.
It sounds obvious, but it releases feel-good hormones and reduces stress hormones. Sit down together and watch a funny DVD or look up silly videos on YouTube.
Performing random acts of kindness
Be it such as making someone a cup of tea (unprompted), helping with the washing-up or reading their younger sibling a story.
Writing a letter to themselves
Get them to imagine they’re 30 years old and writing to their childhood self. What advice would they give themselves?
Encouraging a growth mindset
Praise children for hard work and perseverance rather than results, rewarding the effort rather than the outcome.
There’s a strong link between physical activity and mental wellbeing, so walking or cycling to school, playing football in the garden after school or taking up dance or tennis lessons could boost your child’s emotional health.
Celebrating their strengths
At school, if a child is rubbish at maths, they’re just given more maths, which makes them feel worse. So at home, focus on praising the things they’re good at and doing more of them.
You can’t underestimate the impact of sitting on your child’s bed and reading them a bedtime story – even if they’re perfectly capable of reading by themselves.
Being more sociable
Instead of walking around with your heads down, smile at everyone within ten feet and make eye contact and say “hello” to everyone within five feet.
Most hugs only last 2.1 seconds, but to get the maximum love-surge, they need to last seven seconds or longer, so introducing the seven-second hug is a really easy way of making your child feel special.