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10 Things All Parents Should Tell Their Kids About Finding Happiness

By Meredith Carroll |

Happy teenager

Happiness often requires a guide

Thankfully it seems as if most babies are born happy. As they get older, however, and start dipping their toes into real life a bit more deeply, they unfortunately realize that everything isn’t always about soft teddy bears and bottles of warm milk.

As kids approach their teen years, life gets infinitely more complicated. Friends, romantic relationships, body image, money issues, sex, drugs, college admissions and party invitations, to name a few, can all lead to lots of happiness, and even more complications and heartache.

Here are 10 things you should talk to your kids about in an effort to help guide them to as much happiness as their precious hearts deserve:


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How to Help Your Kids Find Happiness

There is strength in loneliness

By definition, loneliness will never feel good, and often it might just about wreck you from the inside out. But experiencing it from time to time will also help you realize it won’t kill you, either.
Sometimes it takes a little solitude to appreciate the company you do have in your life, and to understand that the feeling of desolation won’t actually last forever. Gaining the understanding that you’re at least capable of being by yourself — and surviving — allows you to bring more to your relationship with others.

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “10 Things All Parents Should Tell Their Kids About Finding Happiness

  1. Linda, T.O.O. says:

    I wish someone had taken the time to tell me that “being popular” isn’t even a thing once you reach adulthood. That would have been really helpful.

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    That’s funny, Linda, since I think it still is a thing with some adults (at least some I know!) — just not the ones I have interest in being friends with. :)

  3. Danny says:

    Here’s a fun fact about that popularity thing – it DOES determine success. Don’t believe me? Here: I hope you’re happy when your kids grow up to be losers. Do your research before you spew lies and filth.

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