March 30, 2011

How do you keep your family happy?

"Money can't buy happiness."
Well, if money can't buy it, then where can we find it? Happiness doesn't have to be an elusive thing. There are several simple, no-money-required, things that the average family can do to help foster an attitude happiness. Here are a few of my favorite "happy makers."
  1. Begin a dinnertime tradition. I recently read in a magazine about a family that makes it a point to share "What I like about you." It can be simple as saying: "Do you know what I like about you?" Share praise for those special qualities, characteristics and attitudes that you admire. I think this is a great way to promote happiness among those in your household.
  2. Focus on people, not things. Things can be fun, but they cannot guarantee happiness. Focus your family's attention on building relationships and memories, not in acquiring more "stuff." Perhaps consider taking a family trip instead of buying more video games (unless of course video-gaming is a family activity).
  3. Cut the complaining. I could definitely use some improvement in this area. It’s not too hard to find something to complain about. If you’re looking for something negative, you’ll be able to find it without too much difficulty. Instead, if you focus on the positive attributes (whether in an individual or a situation) you’ll find contentment and happiness much easier to find.
  4. Moms: Take some time for yourself.  As busy parents, it’s easy to put our needs on hold. I’m not advocating selfishness or neglecting our God-given responsibilities, BUT it’s sooooo important to take care of yourself. If you are rundown and burnt-out, it’s so much harder to foster  a happy attitude at home.
  5. Get some exercise. Get moving. Not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind. Exercising releases endorphins that help you feel better.
  6. Surprise! I love you. Look for special ways to let your family know how you feel about them. Slip a note into a lunchbox or briefcase. Buy/make their favorite snack and leave them a note telling them you’re thinking about them.
  7. Watch what you watch. What you watch can make a difference. What you put into your brain makes a difference. Fill your mind with positive messages, tv programs, and movies. If all you see is the negative, then that is what you will tend to focus on.
What are some things that you do with your family to keep everyone happy? I love hearing your ideas!  


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