The idea is to write a thought or an activity that made you happy today. So, I helped Aaryan create his “My Happy Note Book” and initiated him to write each day in a line or 2 about anything that made him happy that day.
The first day… he was happy to write something new in a fancy notebook.
Second day… had to cajole him to share his happy moment.
Day 3, 4 and 5… he simply said, “Nothing made me happy today”!!. Not the one to give up anything easily, as I firmly believe, nothing starts easy in life, everything begins at some level of difficulty. So, I asked, probed and guided Aaryan about his that day’s happy moment.
It’s day 24 today and he shares his happy moments with a smile and that too on his own. It has become a part of his routine now. Every night, before he climbs into his bunk bed, he writes his happy moment for the day.
Some of his entries read like this….
- Papa made halwa for me.
- I went to Nanu-Nani’s home after school and stayed with them for the day.
- I crossed Level-18 in my computer game.
- I got 18 in Maths test.
- I played with Pepper the Labrador at my friend’s place
- Ma bought a Happy Meal for me.
- Enjoyed the trip to The Haunted House. Though it scared me, but it was fun.
I believe, this lil’ activity will not only help him to appreciate small things in life but will also help him have a positive and healthy outlook. And a lil’ small voice also says that he may develop a love for writing too!!
I believe that good habits start young.
So, whether it’s eating everything that’s cooked at home and leaving nothing unfinished in the plate or reading a page from a book or a story every day, or playing any outdoor game or sleeping at a given time, I am glad to help Aaryan take steps towards habits that will help him grow mentally, emotionally, physically and socially better and strong.
Dil Se, thank you, Parul, for sharing a wonderful and beautiful thought!
March 14, 2011 4:27 pm|
That was an excellent way of cultivating the good in the child.Remembering the little bits of happy moments in the day and thanking for them,
This reminds me of an advice someone gave me to feel and thank at bed time in the night each and every part of ones body, each organ and thank them as if they were a separate entity. he said that would send auto suggestions to the physical body to react positively and stay healthy.
March 14, 2011 4:51 pm|
this is indeed a very good habbit 😀 all those entries are so innocent and sweet 😀 you will love going through them after he grows up 😀
March 14, 2011 5:10 pm|
I totally believe in the magical powers of this childhood game for I’ve done it myself as a kid 🙂
Enjoyed reading all those cute & innocent entries 🙂
March 14, 2011 7:29 pm|
aww such a cute start …I’m sure Aryan is enjoying this writing journey now 🙂
and what an idea even for us grown ups too hai na shilps ?
Pat on Dil Se’s back 🙂
March 14, 2011 7:36 pm|
Shilpa: I am so glad this practice has worked so well for you. Even my son now looks forward for this part of the day and even shares his stories with his teachers too. I think this tool has been really helpful to teach him to appreciate good things in life.
March 15, 2011 12:01 am|
Habits that are cultivated when the children are young and of impressionable age remain for ever..that’s a very nice idea of making them write about happy moment of the day.
March 15, 2011 2:48 am|
That is a great idea Shilpa. Would love to start the same with my son, when he can start writing. Its such a simple and yet efficient way to let them appreciate the small things in life.
March 15, 2011 3:54 am|
It will surely take him a long way with expression-honesty-confidence.
You are doing an excellent job.
March 15, 2011 5:01 am|
Oh, special hugs to you for doing this thing in life – its we who shld be making this wonderful habit with kids, and I am so glad u taught this to Aryan. 🙂
Life is more satisfying, once we know our blessings. 🙂
March 15, 2011 5:11 am|
My post on similar lines…..
March 15, 2011 7:05 am|
Oh loved this activity 🙂
Nice one Parul 🙂
And i lovved his entries 🙂
March 15, 2011 8:18 am|
nice idea! thanks for sharing! 🙂
March 15, 2011 9:26 am|
a wonderful activity for someone so young. Full of positivity and appreciation of the small lil things in life that can lift ur spirits. Keep going!
March 15, 2011 9:44 am|
You have done a really wonderful thing!
March 15, 2011 11:05 am|
This is a very good idea and not just for kids but for us all too.. Maybe I will start to write one live day ..
and the halwa sounds yummy 🙂 he hehe and level 18 in a game oh CHAKK TE FATTTEEEEE 🙂
I am still struggling with my levels ahhhhhh why cant i kill the bad mennnnnnnnn 🙂 he hehehe
March 15, 2011 12:35 pm|
wow its a great habit will start this when ojas grows up a bit
March 15, 2011 1:16 pm|
Shilpa, thats a great idea, even we adults should do that!
March 15, 2011 1:56 pm|
@ Anil : Yes, it is! Wow, that’s a wonderful thought too…thanking every organ for a job well done for the day!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
@ Rajlakshmi : Yeah, as soon as I read abt it, I thought of acting on it! I agree, I enjoy reading it even now too, every day!
@ dialoguewithyou : Wow! You have done this too!! 🙂
@ Scribby : Yeah, he is enjoying it now. In fact, the other day, he said, “there are 2 things which made me happy today, which one should I write?” Yeah, even we should be doing it! Yes, a big hug and thank you to Parul for sharing this!! 🙂
@ Dil se : Yes Parul, such a beautiful and simple thing to do every day! Am sure, it will change a lot of perspectives, in a healthy way! Thanks a ton for sharing! 🙂
@ Shobha : Yes, we are what we learned in our childhood! 🙂
@ Passionate Goof : Cool, you must start it too. Look forward to your experience with this!! 🙂
@ BK Chowla : Thanks Mr. Chowla!! Just doing my bit! 😛
@ UmaS : Oh, yes, it’s important to count our blessings! 🙂
Will check out your lessons ASAP.
March 15, 2011 2:00 pm|
@ Swaram : Thanks Swaram. 🙂
@ Dishit D : My pleasure 🙂
@ Abha : You are absolutely right, Abha! I will! Thanks 🙂
@ Shail : Thanks Shail! 🙂
@ Bikramjit : Yes, it is and you must! Halwa was yummy! And have patience, you will be able to kill all the bad men sometime soon! 🙂
@ Monika : Cool!! Do it you must! 🙂
@ Aneeta : Surely, we must do it too!! 🙂
March 15, 2011 2:49 pm|
how wonderful! it’s nice to even read those things..I wish i could think this way too! bade ho ke bigad gaye hai hum 😛
March 16, 2011 3:48 am|
This is such an inspiring idea. for now, I want to do it myself. Counting the blessings. So that I don’t forget either and then, one day I’ll be able to teach my children too.
March 17, 2011 12:48 pm|
I really wish I could be a kid. This is a wonderful idea to make yourself happy even when you are depressed. I should remember this idea forever. I hope this simple idea would help me overcome tough situations in life! 🙂
March 18, 2011 6:42 am|
i like this idea so much 🙂 i have done this randomly a few times mysel..but never thought of making it a part of life like this. i am going to introduce my 4 yr ols son to this. i will have to write it for him though 🙂
March 20, 2011 1:59 am|
Very nice idea of inculcating the writing habit and being optimistic!
Thanks for sharing your experience and this information! It’s a priceless advise for tomorrow’s mum like me!
April 30, 2011 2:45 pm|
such a great idea!! and when he grows up it will be wonderful to read all those pages then!