I was just watching some of the videos on The Happiness Project, a great book by Gretchen Rubin detailing her journey to be happier. She’s quick to point out that you don’t have to completely transform your life or reach transcendence to be happier. (This is an important reminder for big picture thinkers like me.) She offers simple yet powerful ways you can bring more happiness into your life through her online and video blog. (You can subscribe through YouTube and watch all the episodes.) In one month, she focuses on love and suggests to kiss more, hug more, and touch more. I love that she throws in some interesting facts and statistics about each of her goals.
As I watched the clip, I realized that all of her ideas could be easily adapted and shared with kids. What a great concept! As parents and nannies, we work everyday to give our kids the life skills they need to become happy, healthy adults. What better way to teach them that happiness is a choice, than to introduce them to the idea of positive psychology and share with them our own happiness project.
So take the happiness challenge and incorporate some of Gretchen’s ideas into your life and share them with your kids. That’s definitely a lesson that will last a lifetime.