Kid Robin Read loves thoughts from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh series such as: “Lovely day, isn’t it?” Pooh asks. “If it is a good morning, which I doubt.”
Eeyore is hiding because he lost his tail. Pooh and friends ind him a new one.
“So are you happy, Eeyore? “No. But I sure do like this new tail.”
Have you noticed some people usually are happy? Or others who always gripe and grumble? Does either one change the group’s mood?
Scientists who’ve studied happiness and its health effects saw six things.
Personal connections matter. Friends, family, work partners, and affection are important. Social support can offer longer, healthier lives.
Lend a hand to someone in need. It can boost your own mental and physical health. Kind acts provide happier lives for all involved.
Be with happy people. Being around positive people brings a happier demeanor and an overall sense of well-being. Just one person’s mood change can enthuse a group. Try to spread positive vibes.
Be grateful. Scientists ind that giving thanks releases brain chemicals. Thank others when they do something for you. Notice the beauty in nature around. Keep a journal of your positive accomplishments.
Smile more. Just smiling can make you feel better. Putting on a happy face can brighten your day.
Look and listen for awesome things.
It might be a sunset, birds at a feeder, the music of your chorus or band, sweet rolls baked by your cafeteria workers, or a slam dunk by your favorite basketball star. Maybe it’s holding hands with a friend or getting a hug from mom. Make a note in your journal.
People are social animals. We read clues from others to form teams and accomplish group goals.
Christopher Robin told Pooh, “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Libby Smart says her favorite Pooh quote is: “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”