Be Happy

Being happy is a matter of choice.

Given the complexity of the world today, how important is it for us to remind our kids to be happy?  The more and more I learn the more I feel like focusing on things that make us happy is a critical component of parenthood.

Week 4: Teach them to the importance of humor

Executive Summary:  Teach them to the importance of humor A good sense of humor isn’t limited to adults alone, it transcends to little children also. It is important that they know how to have fun while at home, school or in the neighborhood. Laughing and having fun is a [...]

Have a Safe, Fun Halloween!

The eve of fear and fright is upon us. No, not election day... Halloween. Boy, you are cynical. It’s one of the few long-standing family and community oriented traditions we still have in this country. Neighbors talk to neighbors. Kids dress up for fun and stockpile so much candy that [...]

By |2017-02-28T08:47:53-05:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , |

Be Happy: A Letter to My Daughter

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 [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:49-05:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |

A Carefree Life

I find myself having to find self-restraint and not to laugh at many things that my children do. I have to act the grown up, be mature, be sensible and lead by example. In other words, I have to be the parent. There are days I want to stamp my [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:03-05:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you have enough toys?

You can never have too many toys! As I look at the floor covered with his toys I wonder. Is this why I work but have no money in my pocket for myself? Why my wife and I pay the bills, fill the fridge and manage our money so there's [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:11-05:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , |

A Room Without a Roof

We’ve all heard the song “Happy” Pharrell sang. It’s been out for a while and it’s pretty catchy. However, most people who have heard the song may not place where it’s from. “Happy” by Pharrell was used in Despicable Me 2, after Gru had his date with Lucy. He was, [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:23-05:00July 29th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |

Happiness That Followed

 It's a feeling that I've never felt, Nor have I ever known. Yet from the moment you were born, This feeling along with you has grown. From the moment of your first smile, To the giggle from your lips. I knew as long as I had you in my [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:26:00-05:00July 23rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , |

Worry is one of the biggest killers of happiness.

“Don’t worry. Be happy.” It seems simple, but it’s certainly not. Worry is one of the biggest killers of happiness, but things like sickness, death, stress, pain, and a plethora of other things can fight against our happiness. Here’s the thing about it, though... they don’t make you unhappy. [...]

By |2017-05-11T08:13:31-05:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , , |

There is no need to rush parenting, just let your child blossom.

Usually, when I sit down to write, I find myself easing into a natural flow of words, sentences, and paragraphs as my mind ebbs and flows its contents onto the pages like a calm river on its journey towards fulfilling the knowledge of the sea. However, when I tried to sit down and think how to write about happiness as a trait, I found myself hit with a challenge that I wasn’t sure how to overcome.

Be who makes you happy

By Ricky Dragoni Every parent wants nothing more, but for their kids to be happy. The problem is; how do we define happiness? As adults we have millions, if not billions of definitions of what it means to be happy. Yet somehow we want our kids to attain this mythical [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:26:01-05:00July 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , |