[Podcast] 3 Habits to Bring More Happiness Into Your Home with Ming Shelby.
Jun 16, 2020
Who’s ready for a little bit of happiness today? Specifically, happiness at home. In today's episode, we talk with Ming Shelby about the 3 habits you should develop to bring more happiness into your home. Once you start implementing these, your family will thank you and you'll being to feel the happiness more often within your four walls.
ABOUT MING SHELBY
Ming is an educator, speaker, and host of The Courage Up Podcast. Her happiest days are connecting with others, inspiring them to be courageous in their lives. Ming is a National Board Certified teacher who received her Bachelors degree in Education and Masters degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in Curriculum, Technology, and Educational Reform from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has her Ed.S in Administration and Supervision along with her English as a Second Language endorsement.
In this episode Ming Shelby shared 3 Habits to Bring More Happiness Into Your Home. These habits came from reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. Ming realized that if these were great habits for adults to be happier she may be able to bring them into the classroom and then at home once she had her own children.
1. Share Gratitude - when we are grateful we feel like our life is enough. You begin to recognize that what you already have is really good and you appreciate it even more.
- As an adult, you can start with journaling 3 things your grateful for before you go to bed.
- For kids, you can introduce practicing gratitude as part of their bedtime routine. Start with the prompt, “What is one thing you’re grateful for?” or for younger kids, “What makes your heart happy?”
- Looking at gratitude through the lens of a child will remind you of the simple pleasures in life
- If we teach our children to be grateful now and it’s a practice that they start young, it becomes a habit and as they grow up gratitude becomes a practice that has been embedded and more natural for them to see the bright side and positivity in life
- So here’s my challenge for you: Start this gratitude routine with your children at bedtime tonight then come to our Facebook Group and share what your child is grateful for. You can find it at facebook.com/groups/motherhoodaligned.
2. Spend Quality Time Together - Truly FOCUSED family time without distractions.
- A great way to do this is by exercising together - go on a bike ride, a walk, or play in the yard. Just get outside because 15 minutes of exercising a day will get those endorphins pumping and help us feel happier.
- Going on bike rides and walks together as a family serves a dual purpose: being together and spending quality time + getting exercise in.
- Combine habits 1 and 2 and go on gratitude walks with your kids - simply take a walk together and notice what’s around and what you’re grateful for
3. Show up For Each Other Through Positive Communication
- Give your children the language to begin practicing empathy and positive communication
- If a sibling or family member gets hurt the other can say “are you ok? I’m here” and “what do you need?” This cultivates a bond showing they are there for each other no matter what.
- If one sibling was the one to cause the other to be hurt have him or her ask how they can make it right. This shows that they care and want to make it right so their relationship is good again
- As parents, we can model this behavior when we lose our cool, too. Apologize and ask how you can make it right with them.
YOUR NEXT BEST STEP:
If you could pick just one of these habits to bring more happiness into your home, start with gratitude, and pair it with a routine so you can stay consistent.
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CONNECT WITH MING
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The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
Dr. Wendy Mogel’s book “Voice Lessons”
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