Release on 2002-10-01 | by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy
Author: Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Pubpsher: Ballantine Books
Category: Family & Relationships
Here, at last, is a book brimming with the good news of raising children—the basic reassuring news about happiness and unconditional love, about enduring family connections and kids who grow up right. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., father of three and a clinical psychiatrist, has thought long and hard about what makes children feel good about themselves and the world they live in. Now, in The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, Dr. Hallowell shares his findings with all of us who care about children. As Dr. Hallowell argues, we don’t need statistical studies or complicated expert opinions to raise children. What we do need is love, wonder, and the confidence to trust our instincts. This inspiring book outlines a 5-step plan that all parents can use in giving their children the gift of happiness that will last a lifetime. Connection, play, practice, mastery, and recognition: as fundamental as these five concepts are, they hold the key to raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness, and spiritual values. Dr. Hallowell explores each step in depth and shows how they work together to foster trust, respect, and joy. Privilege, wealth, and expensive “extras” are not necessary for happiness—there are many stories here of children who have overcome poverty, abandonment, and shocking deprivation to find true fulfillment. Dr. Hallowell encourages us as parents to reconnect with the moments in our own childhoods that made a difference; he explores the impact of genetics and environmental factors on the inner workings of a child’s mind; and he discusses how activities like team sports, community service, religious observance, and household chores can foster a child’s sense of mastery. Like the works of T. Berry Brazelton and Benjamin Spock, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness is infused with the wisdom and humanity of a doctor who truly loves and understands children. Writing with the warmth of a friend and the authority of an expert, Dr. Hallowell gives us a book at once practical and exuberant, joyous and informative, eye-opening and reassuring. Ultimately, this book is a celebration of childhood and of the magic that happens between parents and the children they love.
Thinking about getting a new puppy? Is he going to be the first pup that you will take care of? Adoption affects both the puppy and you. It is very important to get prepared to welcome your new family member in the right way. Meaning, you need to help him adjust and help yourself go through the first 30 days. If nothing is planned out in advance these 30 days might seem even longer. All the stress and anxiety your new pup will go through during adaption is hard to think about. Everything is new to him, scary and yet exciting. He might miss his mother, siblings, and friends and you have to do your best to show to him that you will give him all the love he needs. Taking care of a puppy is not only taking it home and feeding him. It is a lot more. It involves you 100% along the way. Your present and your attention are what he needs. This book will help you in the easiest and simplest way to decide on a breed you like and then help you prepare for your new pup. Most importantly, you will get the best advice on how to take care of his health and help him grow into a strong and happy adult dog. In this book: - Choose a puppy according to the breed’s personality - How to prepare your home - What to do in the first 30 days with your pup - Seeing the first signs of unhealthy and sick puppy and how to intervene - You will learn about a miracle natural product that keeps my dog 100% healthy and happy - How to bond with your new best friend Thinking about getting a new puppy? Is he going to be the first pup that you will take care of? Adoption affects both the puppy and you. It is very important to get prepared to welcome your new family member in the right way. Meaning, you need to help him adjust and help yourself go through the first 30 days. If nothing is planned out in advance these 30 days might seem even longer. All the stress and anxiety your new pup will go through during adaption is hard to think about. Everything is new to him, scary and yet exciting. He might miss his mother, siblings, and friends and you have to do your best to show to him that you will give him all the love he needs. Taking care of a puppy is not only taking it home and feeding him. It is a lot more. It involves you 100% along the way. Your present and your attention are what he needs. This book will help you in the easiest and simplest way to decide on a breed you like and then help you prepare for your new pup. Most importantly, you will get the best advice on how to take care of his health and help him grow into a strong and happy adult dog. In this book: - Choose a puppy according to the breed’s personality - How to prepare your home - What to do in the first 30 days with your pup - Seeing the first signs of unhealthy and sick puppy and how to intervene - You will learn about a miracle natural product that keeps my dog 100% healthy and happy - How to bond with your new best friend
"Why can't I just be happy?" We've all asked ourselves this question from time to time and we've all wondered why it's so hard. Considering that you probably include yourself in the vast majority of what I'll refer to as "us," you probably find yourself wondering this from time to time as well. From my years of observation and talking to people, I've figured out that being a happy person is a pretty easy thing to accomplish if you can just set your sights on the right targets and get your priorities straight. Regardless of what misery you've suffered or are suffering, if you can just step back and gain a little perspective, you'll see that you too can be happy. You're much stronger than you think.
This is the first book that explicitly focuses on the relationships between various types of friendship experiences and happiness. It addresses historical, theoretical, and measurement issues in the study of friendship and happiness (e.g., why friends are important for happiness). In order to achieve a balanced evaluation of this area as a whole, many chapters in the book conclude with a critical appraisal of what is known about the role of friendship in happiness, and provide important directions for future research. Experts from different parts of the world provide in-depth, authoritative reviews on the association between different types of friendship experiences (e.g., friendship quantity, quality) and happiness in different age groups and cultures. An ideal resource for researchers and students of positive psychology, this rich, clear, and up-to-date book serves as an important reference for academicians in related fields of psychology such as cross-cultural, developmental and social.
It seems the health and happiness of our nation's children has never been more publicly discussed and analyzed than it is today. Daily, we are reminded of how child obesity is on the increase, literacy amongst children is worsening, children are increasingly suffering from depression and how they're spending far too much time sitting idle in front of the TV or computer games. With every piece of bad news comes another expert telling you how you're failing your child and how you should be doing things differently. It's hard to know, from all this differing advice, what really works and whether these problems really do apply to you and your child. So how, in this modern age of convenience foods, TV, mobile phones, the internet, computer games, rising crime rates and bad school dinners, do you know exactly what is best and what you really need to be doing to foster a healthy and happy life for your child? How do you protect your child from all these negative influences? How do you know whether you're doing it right, doing it wrong or not doing it all? This new book aims to help you sort the facts from the fiction and guide you, step-by-step, along the best and most reliable routes to ensuring your children grow up healthily and happily. Healthy, Happy Children takes many of the most common parenting questions and, by digging out facts based on the best available science and research, gives you the answers. The book will encourage you to make a connection between your parenting style and its implications on your child's present and future. Then, through an easy-to-follow ten-step plan and some simple principles and advice, you'll discover how small, yet significant, changes can bring huge, immediate and long-term benefits. Discover all the facts about your child's diet, what they should be eating, how much sugar and salt they should be consuming, how to pack a good, healthy lunch and all about vitamins and minerals. Find out why communication, safety and good discipline are all important in your child's development, how you can encourage them into exercise and help them to find a sport or pastime they can really enjoy. Learn how you may, at times, have to put your own preferences to one side in the best interests of your child. Other themes covered include sleep; learning; respect and responsibility; love and praise and how you can get more involved in and share your child's interests. You'll find information and advice on a huge range of pertinent subjects including limiting TV and computer games; how your smoking may be affecting your child; how much homework your child should be getting; to smack or not to smack and how to manage your anger. The book covers the wide range of subjects and numerous factors important to your child's life expectancy and quality of life. There's no agenda, no strict rules and no rights or wrongs. How to Have Healthy Happy Children simply gives you the facts, advice and guidance you are looking for and allows you the freedom to decide if, and how, you apply them to your own situation.
With happiness fleeing from those who once had it and becoming an elusive dream for many, it is important to provide an answer to the question, “How do I find happiness?” Even though happiness is as abstract as the air we breathe, both provide evidence that they exist. The proof of the lack of air is death and the proof of the lack of happiness is unhappiness, misery and discontentment, lack of joy and gratefulness, and being disgruntled and dissatisfied. Happiness is obtainable when we are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. In finding happiness, we must remember that walking through this life is not all about us. It’s about who we are through the creator, finding our purpose and destiny so we can live happy, fulfilled lives, and live life in according to the plan that was designed for us, individually. It is important to find happiness not only so you can live a better life, but also because the mental status of parents and role models affect the mental stability of the children. Unhappy situations happen every day, and anyone can recall a situation of unpleasantness—death, divorce, loss of a job, demotion, etc. Even so, the question is not whether we have been unhappy, but rather whether our level of happiness over time is strong enough to bring us back to the momentum on the continuum of happiness. If you are uncertain about your happiness, A Quick Fix: Seven Steps to Happiness offers a guide to help you find your happiness!
As children, we learned to get approval by creating facades to help us get our emotional and psychological needs met, but we also rebelled against authority as a way of individuating. As adults, these conflicting desires leave many of us feeling anxious or depressed because our authentic selves are buried deep beneath glitzy or rebellious exteriors or some combination thereof. In this provocative book, eclectic teacher and therapist Ira Israel offers a powerful, comprehensive, step-by-step path to recognizing the ways of being that we created as children and transcending them with compassion and acceptance. By doing so, we discover our true callings and cultivate the authentic love we were born deserving.
Clear and engaging, this book offers a refreshing positive psychology approach to mental health and autism. Moving away from neurotypical views of happiness, it sets out simple techniques to help adults on the spectrum improve their mental health. Packed with helpful exercises for individuals and groups, it covers topics such as recognising character strengths, dealing with negative self-talk, building communication skills and self-awareness, and forming coping strategies for the workplace. Autistic individuals and professionals who work with them will find flexible and practical solutions to recurring negative thoughts, helping clear the path to a successful and happy future. A must-read for anyone on the spectrum or those who support them.