Yep, you read that right.
How many of us just want our kids to be happy? It’s the ultimate parenting goal, right? But research says that it may not actually be best for our children. Whether you call it ironic or just counter-intuitive, the truth is that focusing on happiness may not be the best way to raise happy kids.
In a fascinating article, Erica Reischer discusses how less direct pursuits of happiness often bring the biggest returns. She says that activities such as music and sports, which often result in “flow,” a state of total absorption in what we are doing, bring a greater and deeper sense of satisfaction than, say, chasing a happy moment at Disneyland.
Want happy kids? Look for opportunities of true engagement. Read the full article here.
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