How Parents can Model Happiness and Raise Happy Children

Imagine a situation where Happiness is seen as a priority on a global and national level. And parents can model happiness and raise happy children who learn how to thrive now and in the future. The reality is that happiness is not a destination is a journey.

The United Nations recognizes the 20th of March every year as the International Day of Happiness and believes that happiness and well-being are universal goals. Additionally, since its launch, there is a growing consensus as to how happiness can be measured. You can access the 2023 World Happiness Report here 

Achieving happiness is more than just owning material possessions. It is a state of mind, a way of life, and an attitude that radiates from within. As parents, we have the power to model this mindset to our children. Rather than linking happiness to a specific event, we can show them that it is a continuous journey. Happiness encompasses both internal and external factors, and it is up to us to cultivate a life that is personally fulfilling and full of joy.

According to ancient philosophers, such as Aristotle; luck and fate do play a role in the level of happiness an individual might feel. However, individual self-realization plays a role in how you go about responding to life situations and your own disposition and talents.

Parents can use nurture to raise children who understand that they control their happiness. And not based on things that happen. It is important to create a positive and supportive environment at home where children can develop a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

If you want your children to feel happier and in control, you should teach them to take responsibility for their emotions and reactions. Also, it’s great to have them practice mindfulness and self-reflection so they can understand their feelings better and learn how to manage them.

Encouraging children to take responsibility for their emotions and reactions to different situations can help them to understand that they have the power to control their own happiness. Click To Tweet

Parents can model happiness by nurturing these skills in children, it will help them to become more resilient and empowered individuals.

Tips to raise happy children

  1. Parents can foster connections by spending quality time with their children. The more connected children feel to their parents; the more they understand how to express different emotions and set appropriate boundaries.
  2. Model intentional living because children learn by example. If you’re happy, your child is more likely to be happy too. Parents can model happiness by showing children how they take care of their mental health. And show them how to do the same.
  3. Practice gratitude and encourage your child to focus on being grateful for life. Help them get into the habit of sharing what they are grateful for.
  4. Don’t try to make your child happy, rather ensure that you teach your children how to find happiness within themselves. No one person has the ultimate power to make you happy or sad.
  5. Allow room for failure—and success. Let your child know that it’s okay to fail sometimes, but it is important to learn from it and not to give up. It is also important to avoid toxic positivity which only wants to celebrate the good and avoid or run away from failures or challenges.

Here are five ways for Parents to model Happiness

  1. Practice self-care: Take time for yourself to engage in activities that bring you happiness and fulfilment. Whether it’s reading, walking in nature or pursuing a hobby, prioritizing self-care has benefits. Such as reducing stress, boosting your mood, and improving your overall well-being.
  2. Encourage a growth mindset: Teach your child that they can learn and grow through hard work and perseverance. Emphasize the importance of effort and progress over innate ability or talent.
  3. Celebrate your strengths: Focus on your own unique talents and accomplishments, and encourage your children to do the same. Show your children that it’s important to focus on what we’re good at and take pride in our achievements.
  4. Another way to cultivate happiness is through personal development. Let your children see you actively working on yourself and continuously growing and learning. This will show them that happiness is a journey, and it’s never too late to start working towards it.
  5. Finally, keep a gratitude journal and encourage your child to focus on the good things in life. Share with them the things you’re grateful for and encourage them to do the same. When we focus on the positive, it helps us maintain a happy and optimistic outlook on life.
As a parent, you have the power to inspire your children to lead fulfilling lives. Click To Tweet


By demonstrating that your happiness does not depend on any one person or thing; you teach them the invaluable lesson that joy comes from within. When you show your children that you are living your best life and independent of them; you can be a role model for living fully. [Read Also: Study on Life After Kids]

Happiness doesn’t necessarily come from what you do, but rather from how you view and react to what life throws your way. Your state of mind can dictate your reaction to things, and your reactions to things can dictate your state of mind.

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. But we must remember that happiness is critical to our mental health and that happiness is not short-term based on fleeting states of joy.

Read Also: Tips on How to Cultivate a Positive Attitude

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