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Raise Happy Children

26 Mar 2011 | Huffington Post

One of the most frequent comments I get from parents is, "I just want my kid to be happy." Though an admirable and common objective, happiness is one of the most neglected family values in 21st century America. Few parents grasp the essential meaning of happiness for their children and fewer still understand how they can help their children to find it.

Parents' efforts at helping their children gain happiness are undermined by the distorted messages that popular culture communicates to parents about happiness -- that happiness can be found in wealth, celebrity, power and physical attractiveness. Yet research and anecdotal accounts of people who have these attributes show that pursuit of these "false idols" can actually cause unhappiness.

By understanding how happiness develops, you can help your children find true happiness. The real causes of happiness are all within your children's control, so they can actively do things that foster their own happiness.

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