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Happiness Impacts Childhood


“Happiness” ……… a sentence in itself.  Most of us probably would agree that we don’t need a formal definition of happiness; we know it when we feel it, and we often use the term to describe a range of positive emotions, including joy, pride, contentment, and gratitude.


Happiness is important for all of us including our children. Raising happy children is the holy grail of success. We all would accept this notion and also aim that we are partners to rearing happy children and building a happy community. Happiness affects children in many ways. It has a pervading influence on children’s development and the type of adjustments they make.

It affects their attitudes, behaviours and personalities. Some ways in which happiness affects the children’s characteristic patterns of adjustment are:

 

  • Happy children are normally healthy and energetic.  Unhappiness weakens their strength and energy and lowers their general physical well- being.
  • Happy children turn their energies into purposeful activities, while unhappy children channelize their energies in brooding, day dreaming and self- pity.
  • Happiness improves the children’s looks by giving them a cheerful expression. People react positively to cheerfulness.
  • Happiness provides a strong motivation to do things.
  • Happy children accept frustrations more calmly and try to understand the reasons for frustrations. Unhappy children react with temper outbursts and therefore have difficulty in understanding why frustrations exist.  
  • Happiness encourages social contacts and participation in social activities. Unhappiness encourages children to be withdrawn and self-oriented.
  • With repetition, happiness becomes a habit. 

 

As a very famous quote says, “A happy childhood does not guarantee adult success, but it lays the foundation for success!”