Last year I wrote about how I wanted to help my children focus on the small things that make them happy (inspired by Karin’s Embrace Happy philosophy) and I shared the Happy Books that we made together for them to write their happy moments in there.
I still encourage them to write in their Happy books and just looking at some of the entries makes me smile. This is my personal favourite from Miss Frugal who obviously didn’t fancy our planned trip to a local museum recently:
We went to the museum and it was shut!
But can I do more to help my children find their own Happy?
First of all, I need to know what it is that makes them happy and whilst I know to a certain extent what they enjoy doing, I wanted to specifically ask them what made them happy and what they would like to do to make them happy in future.
I was actually quite surprised by what they wrote:
Now I know what makes them happy and although some of them are achievable (getting a new dog for one) there are lots that I can help with and encourage. It was a great exercise to do with them and one I would really recommend doing with your own children.
Now I’m on a mission to help them achieve the things that make them happy – although Miss Frugal’s list is slightly more demanding than her brother’s list and she may be slightly disappointed with the lack of a new puppy and a holiday to Spain!
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