By Cameron, age 7 and Brennan, age 5. Whare Happyniss Lives. Rule one: Always be happy. Rule Two: Always have a smile on your face. Rule Three: Always have something positive to say.
When I came upstairs yesterday to check on the destructive powers of free play I noticed this sign. It put a smile on my face. I forgot about the mess and asked Cameron to hold up the sign so I could keep a record of such profound wisdom.
As I went through the next few days, I kept flashing back to her sign and thinking “what would my children do in this situation?” Thinking about the sign each time put a smile on my face; rule two accomplished!
What would our days look like if we could follow these three simple rules that children accomplish so naturally! When did we forget to smile? When did we forget to be happy? When did we forget to focus on what is positive in our lives?
There is neuroscience, my favorite topic, behind these three simple rules. Smiling through hard work outs makes them easier. Being happy is a choice. Choosing to focus on the positive retrains our neural pathways.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia