When you go to a
bookstore you will find an entire self-help section for adults. Books on how to
be happy or how to get motivated, choose a career, stay positive, find love,
alleviate anxiety, and so on and son. But what about children? Don’t children
need motivation, a pick me up, a way of staying positive in a world where
everything they see on TV is telling them that the world is a big scary place?
If you agree that this is necessary, then here are five titles for books and
short motivational stories that are written specifically for children to
inspire and make them happier.
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
One of the best books on
positive thinking. Children need to be taught a very important lesson from a
young age. It is ok to make mistakes in fact it is great to make mistakes.
Mistakes are how we learn and grow, if children are taught that making mistakes
is good, productive, and best of all normal then we will have a much smaller
group of children who see themselves as failures. Whether your child can’t tie
shoelaces, or fails a difficult school project– any flaws can be turned into strength with the
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? By Dr.
Many psychologists agree
that a key step to happiness is feeling gratitude. Feeling gratitude for what
you have and lessening the constant desire for more is important to happiness.
This is a lesson that is taught to children by the wild old man in the desert
of Drize. In this Dr. Seuss classic, is the character of a wise old bird who
tells children that whenever they feel unhappy or unsatisfied, if they feel mad
or sad or disappointed then they only need to remember what they have to be happy about and why they should feel lucky.
I Believe In Me by Connie Bowen
Any adult who has
explored the concepts of yoga, meditation, enlightenment, or fulfillment knows
what an affirmation is. An affirmation is something that you tell yourself
everyday such as “today will be a great day” the idea being that is you
constantly reinforce this idea in your mind then it will start to manifest
itself. So here we have a book of affirmations designed for children;
containing beautiful illustrations that will appeal to children this book
contains affirmations such as; I am creative, I am blessed, my dreams can come
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
If you have ever read
the comic strip “Mutts” then you are familiar with the characters of Mooch the
cat and Earl the dog, unlikely friends who are always there for each other.
They go on adventures or just walk around the neighborhood chatting. In this
story it is almost Earl’s birthday and Mooch can’t decide what to get him. He
already has a bed, a bowl, and a chew toy so what more could he need. So Mooch
gives Earl an empty box though he says that it contains the best gift of all,
his friendship. Earl responds by saying that the empty box is the best gift
that Mooch could ever have given him. This happiness book is meant to teach
children that material possessions are nothing compared to the happiness we
receive from non-tangible items such as friendship, love, trust and loyalty.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Written by Shel
Silverstein, a writer who specializes in fun poetry for children, the Giving
Tree is meant to teach children the gratification and happiness they can
receive by selflessly giving to others. In the story a young boy befriends a
tree and has he grows he asks the tree for things like apples and lumber to
build a home, in the end the tree has given everything he has to the boy but as
he now is only a stump the tree still provides a place to sit for the boy who
is now a very old man. The tree never expects anything in return and its sole
joy is in giving. A lesson that can be valuable for children and adults alike
is to give your skills and your own uniqueness to the world and to gain joy
from the results.
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