The Science to Happiness

The relationship between happiness and success, and how to use this to both help your kids succeed and find more fulfillment in your own parenting journey

Expert: Shawn Achor

Positive Parenting Conference by: A Fine Parent

TAKEAWAY 1:

Positive Psychology

The thinking that you need to help your child every step of the way in their life is fundamentally flawed. We have it backwards.

It turns out, when you pressure your child their happiness levels flatline. Their happiness does not depends on “when they reach a goal”. Happiness should be the joy you feel as you move towards your goal.

TAKEAWAY 2:

Start a Gratitude Jar: Name 3 things you are grateful for at the end of each day.

TAKEAWAY 3:

The most powerful thing about positive psychology is that genes and environment are only setting the initial baseline. Therefore happiness is something you can cultivate, as a family.

TAKEAWAY 4:

Focus on gratitude, social connections, sleep and descriptive praise that doesn’t compare you child to someone else.

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Shawn Achor's

TED TALK

THE HAPPY SECRET TO BETTER WORK

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

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