Realising we had to decide on happiness was a light bulb moment for me. Prior to that I had been completely bogged down in ‘what went wrong?’ and ‘who had caused this?’… And my greatest fear… Was it ‘ALL my fault?’ Exhausting.
Choosing Happiness gave us a light, something to work towards (instead of running from), and certainly helped me feel more ‘in control’ of our situation.
Choosing Happiness is not about running rings around your child and giving them everything they want just to try and ‘keep’ them happy… This is a very short term solution (we tried it!) Choosing Happiness IS about learning (and teaching) some very simple skills, and practicing them. Choosing happiness is taking responsibility for your thoughts and feelings and deciding how you are going to think, feel and act when things don’t go to plan. It is enjoying each moment the best you can, and also keeping your eye firmly fixed on your goal. Sounds difficult for most adults! (This is where “Everyday Happy: a journal for happiness” will come in very handy.)
Six reasons to choose Happiness:
1 Happiness can lead to greater resilience for you and your child
2 Happiness can increase creativity
3 Happiness can improve health
4 Happiness can lead to better friendships
5 Happiness can improve career and financial prospects
6 Happiness creates greater intelligence and productivity
We choose happiness (or not) everyday through our daily thoughts, feelings and actions.
What are you going to decide today?