Dear E.C.,

One of the greatest lessons you can learn in life is that happiness is a choice. Depending on how much of your grandmother is in you–I swear she is the East Coast distributor of worry–you may have a tendency towards melancholy. But you can choose to be happy.

Sometimes this choice will require strength and courage. Sometime in the future, you may have to leave the security of a job that you are unhappy with and choose the unknown. You may do this like I did because you do not want your child growing up seeing you miserable every evening after work. Be brave. Know that God takes care of his creation.
Now, for some lighthearted advice:
  • When given the choice to share the juicy gossip or to keep the secret, keep the secret. You’ll be more satisfied knowing that people can and do trust you.
  • When acting the fool in public, completely commit to it. Whatever you are doing–dancing, crazy faces, karaoke–go all out. Nobody thinks it’s lame if you think it’s awesome.
  • Find something you’re really good at and learn everything you can about it; that knowledge will come in handy one day.
  • Stay up really late with your best friend and laugh until you’re delirious. I’ll regret this when I hear you at 3 AM, but the truth is that the late night giggles are the ones that are still funny weeks and months later.
  • Choose to believe the best in people. There will be times when you are disappointed. But there will come a time when you want that courtesy extended to you.
  • Choose to be happy. Spread happiness. Because the joy you get from helping people is the second greatest happiness in the world. The greatest happiness happens when I see you smile.

What is GetConnectDAD?

@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children.

The GetConnectDAD team would like to challenge every parent to:

  • Devote 1 Extra Hour of Time each week to your kids (uninterrupted)
  • Read 1 story or have 1 story read to you by your child this week 
  • Take 1 Walk outside with your partner and kids
  • Take 1 moment to say “I love you” to your kids
  • Hug your kid(s) 1 time this week