My favorite little cowboy
BlogHer, my publishing network, has asked me to answer another question as part of its year-long Life Well Lived program, this time about Getting Happy:
How do you teach the children in your life happiness?
My first thought was that I should probably ask for a different question, since my experience with children is practically zilch. But then I started thinking about the kids who have visited the farm, and I realized that maybe I have helped teach them something:
That there is beauty and joy to be found everywhere in nature.
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When they see how excited and happy I get about little, everyday things, they become excited and happy too. And from one visit to the next, that excitement stays with them.
"Where are the baby chicks?"
"Let's go see the lambs!"
"Look! This rock is shaped like a heart! And so is this one! And this one!"
Four years after it happened, my favorite little cowboy (who was just five years old at the time) still says to me, "Remember when we saw that owl on your farm?" And I always reply, "Yep. It sure was neat, wasn't it?"
It's definitely a two way street, though. The kids are also showing me happiness.
And then there's the other kind of happiness I'm known for teaching around these parts, to both young and old alike: the joys of munching on giant homemade chocolate chip cookies. Another simple pleasure that many people overlook but really can't be beat.
How do you teach the children in your life happiness? Come share your answer in the comments section of Dr. Aymee's Life Well Lived post, Helping Your Kids Understand Happiness, on BlogHer. You can also enter to win a Kindle Fire and a $50 Amazon.com gift card!
© FarmgirlFare.com, where we're surrounded by critter kids and always young at heart—and happiness is watching how comfortable (and cute!) a little boy can be in his very big cowboy hat.