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Teach your child to cultivate happiness and positivity
Teach your child to cultivate happiness and positivity

To help your child become an autonomous and resilient learner:

 Teach him to cultivate happiness and positivity.

In their book, U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), Dan Lerner and Dr. Alan Schlechter provide lots of research-based advice on how to thrive in school, at work and in life. One of the things that they explain is that good grades and success do not bring happiness and positivity. In fact, it’s entirely the other way around: happiness and positivity bring good grades and success! Here are two things your child can do to be happier and more positive and that will help him flourish.

Engage with others


Fight the urge to isolate yourself during times of stress. Socializing and confiding in friends reduces stress and anxiety and helps us feel more positive. Plus, hanging-out with friends is much more fun that being alone!

Adopt a growth mindset


Learn to be open to critical feedback and embrace the notion that you can change and improve. See your mistakes as learning experiences, not as failures. Try this: say “thank you” when your parents or teachers give you constructive criticism: after all, they believe in you and are only trying to help!