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How to teach a child what happiness is

Today I want to share with you a reflection about happiness and the resolution of problems from a reading that has caught me from the first page. The fragment that I want to share with you is a reflection about how to teach a child and teach to be happy from the resolution of problems.

Therefore, in this article I will not be the one who speaks – or writes, – but I will let it be the famous blogger Mark Manson through his bestseller entitled The subtle art that (almost everything) you give a shit who will teach you a maximum that I have gotten from the book and that says: “Happiness is achieved by solving problems.” Keep reading: How to improve cooperative work through play

Do you want to know a little more about this reading? If so, I invite you to read the rest of the article.

How to teach a child happiness?

How to teach a child happiness?

Without further delay, we set sail …

Happiness is achieved by solving problems

As I said at the beginning of the article, I want to reproduce the reflection of Mark Manson because I believe that, from his simplicity and sincerity, he tackles an essential theme for our lives: the search for happiness.

The text or extract I want to reproduce is the one that follows (extract pages 41-44):

” Problems are a constant in life. The problems never end, they are simply exchanged or improved.

Happiness is achieved by solving problems. The key word here is to solve. If you are evading your problems or feel that you have none, then you will become miserable yourself. The secret sauce consists in solving the problems, not in not having problems from the beginning.

solve something

To be happy we need to solve something. Then, happiness is a form of action; it is an activity, not something that is passively granted to you.

Happiness is a constant process in development because solving problems is a permanent process in development: solutions to today’s problems will lay the foundations for tomorrow’s problems and so on. True happiness only happens when you find the problems you enjoy having and solving.

Whatever your problems are, the concept is the same: solve problems, be happy. Unfortunately, many people do not perceive life that simple because they spoil things in one of two ways:

1. Denial: People who deny that problems exist. This makes them feel good in the short term, but it leads to a life of insecurity.

2. Victim mentality: Others choose to believe that there is nothing they can do to solve their problems […] Victims seek to blame others for their problems or blame external circumstances. That may make them feel good in the short term, but it leads to a life of anger, helplessness, and despair.

external circumstances

People deny and blame others for their problems for the simple reason that it is easy and feels good while solving problems is more difficult and feels bad. “

When happiness is based on solving problems. In conclusion. What do you think of Mark Manson’s reflection on happiness? I have read the text several times and agree with him about the fact that every time I am able to solve a problem no matter how small, I feel much better, something happier.

I think it is a very practical lesson to make known to the people around us, in my case my students.

In fact, from the extract of the text that I have selected, I would like to highlight these phrases:

  • Problems are a constant in life
  • Happiness is achieved by solving problems
  • Happiness is a form of action
  • Solve problems, be happy

Talking about happiness is never easy. Teaching what happiness consists of or how we can achieve it seems to mean even more complex task, especially when we have young people who are increasingly fragile, more overprotected, more intolerant of frustration and less resilient.

Therefore, perhaps our task as educators is not to make our students happy. But to teach them that, by solving problems, it is how happiness is achieved, perhaps. You may also like: