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.

Diapers Change

According to my research, I have bought and used about 40,000 Pampers in my life. Boy, do those diapers tell a story. I am a decent father. My work pulls me away from my family too much; I am still too quick to ask for quiet; I spend too [...]

By | 2017-12-19T10:21:24+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy, FAMILY ACTIVITIES|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Be Happy: keep your head up and to keep going!

When my daughter, Harper, was two-years-old, we were all enjoying a big bowl of spaghetti – a favorite of my daughter’s. She was tired of putting the noodles into her mouth so she decided to see what would happen if she put the noodles in her ear, in her nose and lastly… between her toes. My wife was having none of this and sternly said: “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes!” I looked at my wife and thought: this is our new normal, and it made me happy.

By | 2017-06-06T22:25:11+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Encouraging Happiness: Our children get one chance at being a child.

It’s inevitable that as a parent you will be asked, in a convincing way by your child to support their newest interest. Kids are naturally curious and spend a lot of their lives trying to find their place. What interests them, will it continue to interest them or are they going to stick it out and eventually be great at it. We as their parent have a few ways to respond to this but not all are going to encourage them.

By | 2017-04-27T14:51:46+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Can Disney World Make You a Better Dad?

If you’re anything like me, you’re saying: “No.” Not a chance.  Disney World is a tourist trap and marketing ploy, right?  And besides, even if it wasn’t, it’s all just a little too … well, Disney. I admit, The Walt Disney Company has mastered the art of separating parents [...]

By | 2017-02-18T22:02:06+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Connected, Be Happy, Be Optimistic|Tags: |0 Comments

My Life’s Purpose Is To Make You Happy

As I sit to write this, I am the 28-year-old first-time father to an almost 6-month-old daughter. She is on a blanket surrounded by her toys and her best friend, her dog Abby. Today, she’s working on sitting up longer and has found a new sound to make in Abby’s direction. I break from typing every minute or so to keep her from tipping to one side or the other (I told you, we’re working on it).

By | 2017-04-11T00:03:17+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Change is Gonna Come

 How do things change? How do we see improvements? What is it going to take for dads to have space? I’ve been lucky enough to be a new dad again, our new boy is now two months old. Just about enough time for us to begin to see the [...]

By | 2017-01-25T15:10:59+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy, Be In the Moment|Tags: , |0 Comments

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+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 July 23rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments