Children Taught Me 10 Secrets Of Happiness.

by Patrick Liew on February 12, 2014

Children can teach us many powerful lessons to be a happier person.

Let me share ten of these lessons with you.

1. Choose to be happy.

Children taught me that I am created to be happy.

Even if I am unhappy, I do not have to continue to be unhappy.

I can switch back to a happy mode.

Happiness is a choice and a right given to me.

2. Live as happily as you want.

Every morning when children wake up, they may have to choose between being happy or being unhappy.

They do not choose to be unhappy and carry unhappiness in their mind and behavior.

Children just move on to live as happily as they can.

3. Be happy with everything within and around you.

Children’s happiness has nothing to do with their feelings.

It has nothing to do with wealth and other possession.

Children generate happiness with any and everything in their life.

They can be happy in any situation and environment.

4. Be happy – no reasons needed.

If you ask children why they are happy, they may not have a reason.

Everything around them can make them happy.

If you ask the average adult the same question, they will probably tell you many reasons why they are not happy.

Everything around them can make them unhappy.

Children’s happiness is not dependent on any condition or circumstance.

For many adults, they are happy “if only…,” or “because…”

Children taught me that I can just be happy. Period.

5. Stop planting seeds of unhappiness.

What happened to some of us
between childhood and adulthood?

Some people choose to plant seeds of negativity in the garden of their mind.

They grow fruits of worries, resentment, hatred, vengeance,
and all kinds of negative emotion.

They choose to become producers of unhappiness in their mind.

They improve their productivity for unhappiness by thinking more unhappy thoughts.

Tragically, they allow unhappiness to become a part of their thought pattern.

They put on ‘unhappy sunglasses.’ Therefore, everything looks unhappy to them.

They communicate words that attract only unhappiness. Eg. “Why is my life so hard?” “I don’t think it will be a good day today,” etc.

To make matters worse, they keep imagining negative scenarios and visualizing negative outcomes.

Soon, they will become addicted to the chemicals in their brains, chemicals that generate unhappy emotions.

Unhappiness can unfortunately attract more unhappiness.

To be happy, nip unhappiness at its bud.

Children do not chase after unhappiness or allow it to slip into the mind.

Even if it gets in, it does not take roots and is quickly repelled from the precious mind.

6. Focus on being happy and pursue anything that makes me happy.

Children focus on happiness. It is a way of life.

They have no room for any negative emotion.

They do not worry over small matters.

There are no matters that are big enough for them to worry about.

Children also know that worrying will not solve anything.

In other words, there is nothing to worry about. Be happy.

Children focus on happiness. It is a way of life.

Children wake up and look forward to life. They are curious, playful, and adventurous.

They pursue anything and everything that makes them happy.

They know many of the sources of happiness and they return back to them again and again.

7. Live simply.

Children live simply.

They have no negative desire or unrealistic expectation.

They do not carry unnecessary baggages with them.

They do not allow any burden or blockage to weigh them down.

Children learn to play with the simplest things and have lots of fun with them.

They use all the energy to focus on important areas that will give them happiness, excitement and fulfillment.

8. Have good friends.

Children play wholeheartedly with their friends.

They don’t look purely after their own interests. They look after each other.

They share their happiness and concerns with good friends and lift each other up.

Together with these friends, they look for new experience, moments of fun, and opportunities for laughter.

Along the way, they learn and grow. They continue to look forward to a better day.

9. Be grateful.

Children are grateful for the simplest things.

They are thankful for the smallest gesture.

If they are not spoilt by adults, they are not greedy.

They do not pander to have more and more things.

Children are contented with what they have.

They are in awe and wonder about the beauty around them and the goodness of life.

These wonderful gifts are everywhere.

Children appreciate them.

Many adults don’t appreciate or appreciate enough about them.

However, they can open their mind and eyes and learn to be grateful and thankful for everything in their life.

When they do that, they will realise that being grateful is a source of happiness.

10. Spread happiness.

Children spread happiness most of the time.

They do it with anything that they have and under any circumstances.

Happiness will attract more happiness.

Therefore, make people happy and spread happiness everywhere you go.

If you want to be happy – be like a child again.

Happiness is reliving the virtues of childhood.

It is living out the child likeness
of happiness.

Question: How can you be happy?


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Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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