Raising Happy Children... Original Articles and Tips
Work in Progress
There are many ways to raise happy children - both so they can Be Happy! while they are still kids and be more successful, balanced, and fulfilled when they become adults.
For example, according to a new look at a 40 year old study on child rearing practices conducted at Harvard University, those children who were hugged and cuddled more grew up to be the happiest adults.
This section of the BeHappy! site will contain loads of tips, strategies and tools - from my perspective as a parent and a medical professional - to make ensure that you are doing the things which have the highest chances for your kids to be as happy as possible, and not follow the disturbing trend we're experiencing today - with the high rate of high school depression and even skyrocketing anti-depressant use in preschoolers (can you believe that?).
Concepts like "creating moments" for your children has a tremendous impact on their happiness - both now and long into the future. A introductory article called Creating Moments describes this concept in more detail.
Also, the concept I created of "The 3 R's", for example, which can be found as a general topic for happiness in the "Info and Advice" section of this website, applies directly to children as well; and I'll have an article on how you can use The 3 R's to raise happier kids.
So, use this section of the site, along with the sections on "Articles by the Experts", "Tips from Other BeHappy! Visitors", and the "Miscellaneous Stuff" to get the full picture and have the best chance to raise children who are as happy as possible.
As a subscriber to the BeHappy! Newsletter, you'll also get additional tips and strategies related to raising your children to be as happy as possible. So if you haven't yet subscribed ... Click Here to Subscribe Now. Here's an excerpt from Volume 003 (April 2009) related to this topic:
... one startling fact listed was that the fastest growing segment of the anti-depressant drug market is pre-school children! Can you believe that?
Even worse, the incidence of depression – and even suicide – amongst high school kids is unacceptably high ... and getting worse. Although this is unacceptable, it's not too surprising, given the fact that, in the US - clinical depression is 3-10 times more common today than two generations ago.
How can this be happening? We have so much more today than people had 50 years ago. More importantly, what’s to be done? Surely something must be done. And that's what BeHappy! intends to do. It's my mission. And regarding the happiness of children, well, this is a subject which has become even more meaningful to me as a relatively new parent.
Yes, something must be done to create more happiness in our world. And it appears it could start with the raising of our children. We must make our children happier, more fulfilled and more balanced. We must reduce the depression and suicide rate amongst kids. And we must reduce our dependence on drugs to help make kids – and adults – happier. All this is possible. And it’s somewhat of a “domino effect”, because happy children tend to help influence other children. And happy children have a much better chance of growing up to become happy adults (so there would be more happy adults). Then, happy adults tend to raise happier children, and so on. It perpetuates itself to the point where, perhaps, 50 years from now people will be happier than they are today - a trend reversal!
If you have children – especially younger children (say under the age of 13 or so) – what do you do for them to make them happy children? And by “happy children”, I mean for the long-term (in other words ... not the brief joy they might experience by buying them something or letting them do something they want to do).
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