A happy child is a joy to be around. However, children are not always happy and can be emotionally unstable at times due to an increase in activity and stimulation that leads to exhaustion.
It is important to a child’s happiness that they take time to relax and regain their inner happiness, if only for a few minutes a day. Children need to understand that “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Happiness is within reach and can be obtained with a little help from parents. The definition of happiness states that it is a feeling of well-being and contentment. This does not mean that you have to provide your child with their every need or want; in fact it is quite the opposite.
All children need to understand that they cannot have things their way all the time, or they will come to expect things their way leading to unhappiness when things aren’t going as they believe they should.
Teaching your child that they cannot always have things their way can help them to experience true happiness by being content with their current situation and surroundings which will lead to an overall sense of well-being. The quote “Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have” says it best. Children need to appreciate what they have instead of constantly being in a state of unhappiness due to what they do not have.
Our Favorite Happiness Quotes
There are many great quotes on happiness that can be applied to children as well as adults here are a few of the best quotes:
“A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” - Abraham Lincoln
"You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation." - Bette Davis
"Happiness is a Swedish sunset -- it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it." - Mark Twain
"Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response" - Mildred Barthel
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others” – Adam Smith
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Helen Keller
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” – Frederick Koenig
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx
"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." – Grandma Moses
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." – Helen Keller
These quotes about happiness are great to use with journal writing, reflection and other EI activities.