We have discovered a couple of great little books written by David Niven, Ph.d. entitled “The 100 simple secrets of Happy People” and “The 100 simple secrets of Happy Families”. The most interesting thing about these “secrets” is that they are all based on research. We will post a weekly tip at the ranch and here for you to consider…
Try to think less about the people and things that bother you.
There are an infinite number of things you could spend your time thinking about, but many of us concentrate great attention on those things that we find most upsetting. Don’t ignore what bothers you, but don’t focus on it to the exclusion of the things you enjoy.
Those who regularly ruminate over negative subjects and unhappiness are 70% less likely to feel content than those who do not… SCOTT and MCINTOSH 1999
This is actually something very valuable you can teach your children. Set a good example by helping them to notice the good things in their lives. Ask them to share something good that happened at school. Make a point of acknowledging something good they have done rather than always focusing on the things that they are not doing well. Perspective is a wonderful gift!