What a great time! If you are anything like me you are too busy most of the time to focus on living a “grateful” existence. Earlier this month, I attended a high school parent seminar called “Raising Happy Teens”. As a father of two, soon to be three, teenagers this was a must-see presentation.
The most important part of the presentation focused on what to do when your teen (or you) is not in a “happy” state of mind. The first strategy was to focus on “gratitude” (I find most teens are less than grateful for all that they have today). The speaker suggested that you start every day by making a personal “gratitude” list and then to make sure to review it after you woke in the morning and then again later in the day. This might take as little as 5 minutes out of the 1,440 minutes we are each allotted every day. Post them in their bedroom and put yours where you can see it in your office or the kitchen.
What better time to focus on “Gratitude” than Thanksgiving!
The second idea that was discussed at the meeting was that “acts of kindness” tend to bring great joy to the giver. Be kind, feel happy. So when you are a little down, go out of your way to be kind to others and watch your spirits rise.
In a recent study, one group of college kids was given $20 to spend on themselves and another was given $20 to spend on others. Guess what? The group that spent the money on “other” people tested “happier” than those that spent the money on themselves.
For Christmas, I find great pleasure in giving my kids money (in addition to what they may have saved) to spend on family gifts. Before I did this, most of their Christmas season focus was on “what they wanted to receive”. Now, they have a great time shopping for each other, sometimes combining their money for a more expensive present.
THE JOY OF GIVING HAS TRULY FOUND MY CHILDREN SINCE I STARTED DOING THIS.
With Christmas right around the corner I wanted to share a great online video that every believer in Christ will really enjoy.
It’s story behind Duck Dynasty’s (on A&E TV) Duck Commander creator, Phil Roberston and some of his family.
While the TV show is very funny, the back story makes it even better.
I hope all of you will watch this video and remember that Jesus is the reason for the Christmas Season.
As Phil Robertson would say, be Happy, Happy Happy.
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