Seven Top Tips for Raising Happy Kids

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Being a parent you desire only the very best for your children. Which means you’d probably prefer your young ones being happy than sad. Even though this may appear obvious, parents often lose out on daily chances to lay the groundwork for many years of happiness. The next 7 techniques for raising happy kids will provide lifelong returns for your kids, as well as for yourself as being a proud and happy parent.

1 – Teach gratitude. Happiness is, in many ways, nothing more than being grateful for what you have in life. Some very wealthy people are not happy. They have never learned to appreciate the things they have, and the people that grace their lives. A happy child is a grateful child.

2 – Teach the rewards of charity early on. The unselfish act of giving is an incredible reward in and of itself. You feel so good at a deep level when you help someone else who is not as fortunate as you are. What better gift to give your children than the profound level of happiness which arises from a charitable mindset.

3 – Healthy kids are happy kids. Overweight and obesity can lead to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and a rash of health problems. If you want your child to be truly happy, teach her how to be healthy. Studies have shown that physically fit children and adults suffer less depression, stress and anxiety than their unhealthy counterparts.

4 – Embrace the family unit. Children learn from their parents. From a very early age, your children are absorbing everything they see and hear. When they see a happy, healthy, giving and loving family, that is naturally the character traits they are going to foster and appreciate.

5 – Lead by example. As a parent, you have a lot of stress and strain in your life. You probably have a very busy work schedule. Personal, family, social and work-related commitments might also mean that you are short on time. This can lead to feelings of frustration, anxiety and despair. Make sure that these are not the only emotions you share with your child. When your child sees a happy, healthy parent most of the time, it is easier for him or her to develop that same mindset.

6 – Live in a happy environment. It could be difficult for you or your child to be happy if your surroundings are chaotic and unpleasant. A move might be required to ensure your child grows up with a happy disposition.

7 – Teach them to build relationships and socialize. Make no mistake about it – the human animal is a social one. Humankind is at the top of the food chain because we rallied around one another and formed groups that promoted survival. When individual situations produce negative emotions like sadness and despair, turning to friends and family members that your children have built relationships with provides a fast return to a healthy, happy outlook.