Inspiring Kids to be Happy

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  1. Julieanne van Zyl
    Julieanne van Zyl August 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm .

    Hi Cherrie, unfortunately many societies all over the world bring their children up (when teenagers) to believe they have to “attain something” or “become someone”, to be happy! We’re lucky people when we find out that’s not true aren’t we:-) I love what you are doing to inspire children to be happy when they feel happy inside themselves!

  2. Marty Diamond
    Marty Diamond August 11, 2013 at 12:09 am .

    Even more than happiness, I wish I’d been taught to be more mindful and centered as a child and young adult. The ability to empty your mind, and enjoy the sun on your face, the sounds around you and the beauty of your surroundings brings a kind of happiness that’s not dependent on anything but being fully present in the moment. Whenever I feel especially stressed or frustrated – just stepping outside into our yard and sitting silently can change everything.

  3. William Amis
    William Amis August 11, 2013 at 6:55 am .

    Cherrie,,
    we are in it together as I am learning so much about you abilities to imagine and make things manifest. You are such an inspiration to all of us and not just children.

    I come from a home and history with our family of raising children knowning they are our future. We provide real hands on daily support and share that with other families through various venues. Our Church is all about empowering our youth and teaching them how to become involved in passionate things they find an interest. Yet, showing them how it will benefit our communities is the key.

    I love being involved anyway possible when it comes to the real development ages. I must say my only older sister Drenna is a key example such as yourself.

    She has that nuturing gift that I feel from you during the short time I have been monitoring your progressive approach. You are surely one who has come along way and makes being involved with our future leaders all the more interesting.

    I would love a few minutes in the near future to pick you thoughts for our project with the children in Hospitals here and world-wide. We have a taken action to start to share positive memories with children who have little to no hope left based on their medical conditions. The wards are a place which needs to have a brighter supportive environment per say.

    More on that later, and I just want you to know that your actions and commentments are what has inspired me to team up with some of my Global Family/Partners in bringing light to this feel of darkness for our children in need.

    Thank you so much and just wanted you to know that more people than you could imagine are inspired by your countless hours of dedication to better everyone’s life.

  4. Donna Merrill
    Donna Merrill August 11, 2013 at 11:20 am .

    Hi Cherrie,

    I just had a conversation last night with my daughter who is 29 years old now. We talked about this very same thing! She had told me that she was grateful I have always given her the power of choice (to a degree lol).
    When she became a cheerleader, I was opposed to that because In my books, it was a subservient thing to do. But nonetheless, I encouraged her and didn’t miss a game!
    When she joined “The Young Republicans Club” I cringed! But we sat and had a rational conversation of why she wanted that. I backed her up all the way because it was her choice.
    It is so important for parents to really listen to their children. We cannot expect them to be like us and think like us because they are their own spirits. If we disagree, encourage a good healthy conversation and agree to disagree. Of course, this does not concern negative behavior, but rather their own free will that must be respected.

    -Donna

  5. Justin Rash
    Justin Rash August 18, 2013 at 4:40 am .

    Hi Cherrie,

    Most certainly happiness is the result of choice not chance! In early adulthood, I was disillusioned by the idea that my happiness was dependent on some external factor that I seemingly had no control over. I found it so difficult to accept, and ultimately I never did accept it. As I reflected more deeply, I noticed that the same people that professed happiness was the result of an ‘external factor’ as you mention, seemed to be the least happy. That is to say, a careful examination at the life and attitudes of these people often revealed that they were actually compensating for a lack of true happiness in many ways.

    I think there are few endeavors in life that merit the same dedication as developing the youth. As a father I can not imagine a much greater gift to my children than providing them with the skills necessary to discern what choices will guide them toward a happy and healthy life. Thanks for the great post.

  6. Robert
    Robert August 18, 2013 at 11:11 am .

    Hi Cherry,
    I am happy to see people who promote the right values to our kids.

    You are absolutely right. We choose our thoughts, and we choose our happiness. Sadly, there is few things that makes people as scared as the free choice and its consequences…

  7. Shelley Alexander
    Shelley Alexander August 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm .

    Cherrie, It’s really great that you realize the importance of teaching your kids to be happy and to realize that happiness does not come from material things but can come from within and from some of the smallest of things like sharing a smile with a stranger, letting the sun warm your face, or digging in your garden and watching all the plants thrive and grow. Thanks so much for this fantastic post!

  8. William Amis
    William Amis August 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm .

    I had given this more thought and still will agree you are an amazing role model for all of us and not just empowering women. I get a power boost every time I get to read your articles. You have inspired me to approach a project for kids in hospitals that I was just sitting to get the move on it.

    Thank you again for helping us readers take steps in a huge way to bring joy to those children with little hope. Giving ourselves for them is so much of a powerful act of passion. They have an everlasting affect on people.

    Joy in the morning and hope through the day. I feel so refreshed with giving and not expecting anything in return.

    Thank you again and keep us inspired.

  9. Justin Rash
    Justin Rash August 25, 2013 at 10:31 am .

    Cherrie,

    I had to revisit this post as I was beginning to reconsider some things over the last few days. Regarding teaching our kids not only how to appreciate our ability to manifest our personal intentions, but also what our role as parents is in making this example possible for our children.
    I came to the conclusion that my kids are intuitive and observant enough, that I don’t need to worry so much about how I communicate this reality to them. The most important factor I believe, is doing for myself. If I successfully represent the conscious emotions and thoughts of choosing happiness for myself, my children can not help but to follow the example.

    This helped reduce so much performance anxiety I was experiencing at the time and just needed to share that with you. Thank you so much for all you do.

  10. Yorinda
    Yorinda August 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm .

    Hi Cherriie,
    yes, wouldn’t it be nice if we would have learned this as children.

    It is so great to hear that your kids are growing up with a mum who knows this now.
    As you live this by example it is probably even more powerful than any words. Having said that I wish I had your books when my three now grown up boys were little.
    Thank you for spreading this important message!
    Love and Light!
    Yorinda

  11. Ade @ Words of Wisdom
    Ade @ Words of Wisdom August 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm .

    Yes indeed! What a world we would have if more children would know that happiness is more of a choice than a result of attaining a goal. Growing up in Benin City, my friends and I enjoyed many happy days of playing in the dirt and kicking balls around made of various materials. I can’t remember kicking a real soccer ball until much later in my high school. I am grateful for such an up bringing.

  12. Robert
    Robert August 26, 2013 at 3:03 am .

    Just to think you get to shape someone’s future…

    Kinds are our future might be the oldest cliche in the book, but nonetheless I feel great about the chance to share and perhaps little help…

  13. Rebecca@Mad Hatter Fancy Dress
    Rebecca@Mad Hatter Fancy Dress August 26, 2013 at 9:12 am .

    Not only this is about inspiring kids, but this article also inspires me 🙂

  14. Marty Diamond
    Marty Diamond September 1, 2013 at 11:48 am .

    I’ve been reading “the Happiness Hypothesis, Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathan Haidt – and there are things you can do to increase your own happiness (and no it’s not more money or a better job) – which in turn will influence the happiness of those around you – including your children.

  15. Nile
    Nile September 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm .

    Teaching children to appreciate even the most simplest things is important, just as much as making sure they know that not everything will be given… it might need to be earned. I do my best to teach my son so it builds gratitude and character.

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