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What 10-12-Year-Olds Really Think

<a href="/articles/what-10-12-year-olds-really-think">What 10-12-Year-Olds Really Think</a>

Findings from the fourth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey, commissioned by the ChildFund Alliance, uncovered the unique views of today’s 10-12-year-olds. Their ideas on violence, peace, heroes and happiness were explored in a survey that included nearly 6,500 children from 47 countries (36 developing; 11 developed), including 202 Australians. Read full article

THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES

<a href="/parenting-resources/travel/the-secrets-of-happy-families">THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES</a>

Keeping your children entertained on long car journeys or during the hours spent waiting to board a flight can be an extremely tricky exercise, so instead of resorting to the age-old game of ‘Twenty Questions’ Bruce Feiler decided to draw on the most creative minds in the gaming industry to make travelling more fun for his whole family. Read full article

You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child

<a href="/blogs/kylie-l/2013/02/11/you%E2%80%99re-only-ever-as-happy-as-your-unhappiest-child">You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child</a>

Last year, my twelve year old son went through a tough time at school. It happened in grade six, his final year at the tiny local primary he’d attended ever since he started prep… attended, that is, until we pulled him out in grade five, when our family decided to spend a year living in the north of Australia. Up until this time Declan had loved school, and was close to pretty much all the nine other boys in his year level, with whom he’d always shared a class...When we left everything was perfect, but when we returned everything had changed. Read full article

Don't Chase Your Happiness - Let it Land on You

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/05/17/dont-chase-your-happiness-let-it-land-on-you">Don&#039;t Chase Your Happiness - Let it Land on You</a>

It was a little difficult for me to compose a blogpost mainly about happiness because I don’t believe in chasing it. This might seem ironic coming from the publisher of a website called happychild. But happiness is just one of many rich feelings that give me, and I think most people, a feeling of humanity and a sense of living a full and meaningful life. When happiness is absent in our daily lives or is fleeting, that’s a sign that something is more seriously wrong – and it’s the time to get support from experts, not the time to chase happiness. Because if you run after happiness you may never catch it. Read full article

Arun Abey - ANU Speech - Connection Between Happiness and Wealth

<a href="/articles/arun-abey-anu-speech-connection-between-happiness-and-wealth">Arun Abey - ANU Speech - Connection Between Happiness and Wealth</a>

Some decades ago, I sat where you are sitting, waiting to get my degree. It was one the greatest days of my life. I had many happy years on the campus, but was looking forward to excellent job prospects, with Economics and Arts degrees from the ANU. Like most of you, I had little money of my own, and from high school I had spent many hours working in supermarkets to help pay my way ... It is natural for graduates and their very proud but also long suffering parents to be sitting here and thinking "Great, I am now going to try and get a well-paying job, secure myself financially, and that will be the key to being happy." I want to share with you a radical thought: Based on my experience, as well as the latest behavioural research, you should, in fact, be thinking about the opposite. Read full article

Authentic Happiness

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/authentic-happiness">Authentic Happiness</a>

Authentic Happiness is the first book to examine the mechanisms by which mentally healthy people become happy, and how happy people become very happy. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller Learned Optimism greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience. Read full article

Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child's Happiness? Research.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/10/is-pocket-money-and-cable-television-a-key-to-your-childs-happiness-">Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child&#039;s Happiness? Research.</a>

It will sound like a pun but I just don't "buy" this - well not all of it. I love to read research about children's wellbeing and think about its practical application. So headlines about this new UK research caught my eye. For example this one: "Must-have possessions that make a child happy: Why the best things in life aren't always free" ... Researchers for the Children's Society in the UK* surveyed 5500 children about their levels of happiness (also called 'subjective wellbeing') and their access to material goods ... Read full article

How Happy are You Compared with Your Country Average? A Test.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/03/how-happy-are-you-compared-with-your-country-average-a-test">How Happy are You Compared with Your Country Average? A Test.</a>

I had to share this - it's very quick and a bit interesting to compare your results with the rest of your country. A happiness test on Scientific American called "How Happy Are You?" with a table for you to see how your happiness compares with other people in your country and the rest of the world.Positive and negative feelings are measured. I share my results with you too. How did you go and what country are you from? Read full article

My Daughter Learns the Difference between Happiness and Cake

<a href="/blogs/meganblandford/2011/10/03/my-daughter-learns-the-difference-between-happiness-and-cake">My Daughter Learns the Difference between Happiness and Cake</a>

"Mummy, I’m sad,’" my three-year-old said to me. "What’s making you feel sad?’" I sat down next to her and asked. ‘Ummm,’ she said, and I could see the confusion in her eyes as she tried to find the words to answer. Despite her knowledge of hundreds of words, and her almost constant state of conversation, you realise how limited a child’s speech is in moments like these ... Happiness is the current obsession with my daughter ... Read full article

Operation Smile - Creating a Smile on a Young Girl's Face

This video was shared on Twitter by a lovely friend who, like me, was moved by the moving reaction of a young Brazilian girl after a cleft palate operation. Watch her face when she sees herself in the camera towards the end - it's perfect slice of happiness. Operation Smile is a charity organisation that heals children's smiles - they measure themselves by the joy they see on faces. Read full article