I find myself sometimes confused. While my husband and I are generally positive people, sometimes our children are gloomy. There are, of course, several factors contributing to the mental health of a child. I know as well as anyone that being happy isn’t as simple as thinking happy thoughts.
But there is an element of control we have. We can set the pattern for gratitude and finding joy. When we focus on the positive we build greater resistance to the little things that can drag us down.
I definitely notice a difference in my own mental health when , like going to the gym strengthens my body, I exercise happiness. My dark moods and disappointments don’t last as long and don’t hurt as much. Conversely, when I focus on the negativity, my world is so much harder. I want my children to learn this lesson as well.
I want my children to be able to look at the terrifying events on the news and be motivated to make a difference, not petrified by hopelessness. Optimism can do that.
So while I’m slow in the sharing the news, I couldn’t let the New Year roll around without telling you that Dog on Fleas has a new album to help children find the positive. Encouraged by the idea that the optimism part of your brain gets stronger as you feed it, they’ve collected a dozen sunny songs to encourage the Can Do Attitude in all of us. While this album is certainly geared toward your children, you might find yourself feeding the optimist within yourself as well.
Feeding the optimist within yourself. That’s a resolution we should all have on our lists.