Much has been said about the importance of happiness for both children and adults. Research tells us that when we focus on happy things, we are generally more resilient, focused, and appreciative of life.
But being a glass-half-full person doesn’t just happen. We have to learn how to appreciate experiences. This skill is modeled initially by our caregivers when we’re babies, and later fortified by our teachers, friends, mentors, and other loved ones as we grow up.
Joy is not something we’re born with either. The building blocks for finding it are sparked by our early experiences with others. While children can learn how to experience and savor joy, it’s up to us as adults to teach them.