The Happiness Project: April 2015
Lighten Up: Parenthood
Part One: Sing in the Morning
My children are a major source of happiness. From their biggest achievements in life to the sweetest, small moments, they make me very happy!
Even with all the hours of worry, loss of sleep, and frustration, my children have brought me more joy, love, and happiness than I ever could have imagined.
This month, Gretchen focuses on parenthood and what we can do to make our home run smoother and help us enjoy being a parent even more. While I don't have little kids anymore, I think I can still apply some of these things to my life, and hopefully, find even more happiness in the process.
Gretchen suggests "singing in the morning", and while I don't actually feel like literally singing in the morning, having a cheery, happy attitude will certainly start everyone's day off much brighter than me being grumpy. We need to "lighten up" and even be a bit silly, especially with little kids. It may make the difference between them having a good day or bad day.
Our attitude and how we handle the frustrations of raising our children makes a difference in our happiness and it's affect on our children (and husband).
I love this little story Gretchen used in the book:
"A friend of mine told me that when his sons were five and three years old, they woke up at six every morning. On weekends, week after week, he and his wife tried to persuade them to go back to sleep or to play quietly-with no success.
So finally, he gave up. He'd let his wife stay in bed, and he'd get the boys dressed and out of the door. He'd stop for coffee, then the three of them would head for the park, and he'd watch them play for an hour before they returned home for breakfast.