Three tips from psychology professor Mark Holder
Helping your children receive the mood-boosting benefits of spirituality can involve adopting some very simple approaches to life. Psychology professor Mark Holder recommends three ways you can help your children get started:
- Encourage them to volunteer for a cause that matters to them.
- Plan acts of kindness, which adds to personal and communal meaning.
- Encourage them to increase their awe and appreciation of beauty. One way is to help them create a photo album of things they find special or beautiful.
Six tips from Dr. Sonja Lyumbomirsky
Dr. Sonja Lyumbomirsky, author of “The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want,” suggests encouraging your children to:
- Count their blessings: Either on paper or out load, making lists of things they’re grateful for helps children get the big picture.
- Cultivate optimism: Practise finding one positive aspect in each negative circumstance, no matter how small.
- Practise acts of kindness: Studies show there is an instant and lasting good feeling to be gained from helping others.
- Replay and savour life’s joys: Pay close attention, take delight. and go over life’s momentary pleasures and wonders – through thinking, writing, drawing, or sharing with another.
- Learn to forgive: Ask your child to choose one person who they believe has wronged them and work toward finding a way to let go of the anger and hurt.
- Create regular rituals that remind your child that there is a higher purpose to life and about the things they share with every being on Earth