Happiness is a crucial part of life, but it’s not always simple for some children, teens, or parents to find. Parents take different approaches in order make their kids happy. Some seek ways that can make kids feel fulfilled, satisfied or just entertained. Other people believe that just positive thinking will bring kids joy; while others rely on praying for their wishes to come true.
However, according to recent studies, there are at a few Simple Steps To Happiness:
Step 1. Meditation
Recently, kids lives can be stressful. Meditation has been shown time and again as one of tools that helps children learn how conquer anxiety; not only does it help them feel better but also improves concentration skills so they have less problems completing their homework!
Step 2. Music
Music has been proven time and again as being some the best medicine for our emotions. Kids need songs with optimistic lyrics to help keep their moods upbeat. It’s true: when we’re feeling down there’s nothing better than finding one those tunes can send shiver down our spines!
Step 3. Move!
We all know exercise is a great way to improve our children’s mental state! Did you know that the best form of exercise for kids is martial arts? It involves stretching, kicking and jumping while combining “The Simple Steps To Happiness” #1-3! How? Life Skill Academy classes include breathing exercises as a form of meditation. And our coaches also play the kids favorite music during their fun workouts that build the skills needed to help keep those pesky bullies at bay!
4. Become A Go-Giver!
By focusing on giving, not getting, we can help improve how we feel instantly. It might seem like an easy task, but it will actually make a huge difference in the quality of our lives!! Doing good things for others is one best ways to improve the quality of our own lives and just a great way to make ourself happy too. The easiest way is to just make other people smile!
5. Stay Grateful
It’s impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time! Think about it! Gratitude is a key ingredient to happiness, and it’s something that we should all strive for. Keeping a gratitude journal can help kids stay more grateful and focused on the positive. It can also help kids build stronger relationships with loved ones, improve their health and even lower stress levels!
6. Don’t Compare To Others. Applaud Others!
As a teacher for over four decades, I’ve seen so many parents compare their children to other kids. In both good and bad ways. This has always lead to their own child’s unhappiness and eventually quitting. The aim is not making a child’s success into a contest or some kind of scorecard. It can be simply learning to just applaud others. This simple act of teamwork is an important component of our children’s successes. For them to become a leader, they must first become a team player.
Unfortunately, many kids watch and hear their own parents criticize classmates. This has one basic outcome. Those kids tend to think, feel and act in the same negative manner. My teacher, Opher Brayer used the term “Copy/Paste” to refer to how children learn. They do as their parents do. If the parent is negative about others. The child will do the same. So, let’s all applaud team-mates no matter how high they climb, or even how hard the try. They showed up today. Give them that.
The key to happiness may be just a few simple steps, but, it’s not just knowing them. It’s doing them consistently, until they become habitual steps up our happiness ladder. If you’re ready for you/your child’s next rung on the ladder, but would like a jump start to help with getting there – give us a call! We can talk more about this topic and let you in on some of the benefits we have researched and been successful with helping over 1,000 kids in the Worcester, Millbury, Shrewsbury area.