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Families share their happy rituals.
COULD the secret to family happiness be as simple as a comfy couch, the latest Pixar title, and a shared bowl of popcorn?
Happily, yes! It turns out that even the most basic family activities, when done with a bit of intention and ritual, can boost contentment in lasting ways. According to Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, studies indicate that habits such as a weekly movie night or sharing “I’m grateful for ...” thoughts at the dinner table have a significant impact on overall happiness.
Still, in the typical crazy-busy household, it can be difficult to stick with any routine, no matter how fun and easy. As a mother to four kids aged nine months to 14 years, Lyubomirsky knows this all too well. But she believes it’s worth the effort to keep trying.
“It’s all about fit,” she says. “You need to find what works for you and your family.”
Some authors and bloggers share the mood-boosting traditions that work best for them. They might just inspire your family to pick up some happy habits of your own.
Just say yes
Who does it: Suzy Becker, author and illustrator of One Good Egg, Kids Make It Better, and other books; spouse, Lorene; Aurora, age 9.
What they do: Yes Day came into being “when we got sick of hearing ourselves say no,” Suzy explains.