How to make your kids truly, really happy

We all want our kids to be happy. Truly, really happy.

Some of us try things like fun and games in class.

And that helps.

For a little while.

And I’d always trade “bored in class” for a smile.

Some try to give presents and unconditional attention.

That rarely works.

And just makes them crave it more.

But … there is one, true way to be happy.

And it is easy to do.

We could all do it tomorrow.

The happiest people are doing it today.

It’s simple.

“I want that car”

“Why does she earn more than me?”

“Why don’t I have that?”

These are the reasons you get unhappy.

So just flip it around.

Just look at what you *do* have.

Then be super, utterly, truthfully grateful for it.

Don’t believe me?

Just try it now.

Pick something you are grateful for.

Something small.

It might be the computer or phone you have.

The friends you have here.

The one kid in class who always makes everyone laugh.

That feeling you have is happiness.

And we need to bring it to schools.

I didn’t write the “Thanksgiving” lesson for Thanksgiving.

I wrote it because I want the kids to have at least one chance today to think and say…

“I’m thankful for ….” plus something.

Even something small.

This could be the biggest lesson you ever give your students.

And if they remember it, it will make them happier than anything in the world.

Truly, really happy.

So we can all do it I’ve made the song free on Youtube.

The game is simple.

1. Draw a picture of something you are thankful for.

2. Present it to the class.

I’m always thankful for each one of you.

I hope soon your children will be too,Β becauseΒ you Β showed them at least one light of happiness in whatever problems they have today.

Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Be genki,


Richard Graham

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8 Responses to “How to make your kids truly, really happy”

  1. suzanne

    Mmmmm. Nice. I appreciate your thoughts here, Richard. Thank you.


  2. Oksana

    Richard, thank you for the great thoughts you share with us. I’m going to follow your suggestion today.You are always so inspiring and enthusiastic! I wish all the teachers on our planet could be like you :-)Have a nice day!

  3. Nena

    Thumbs up for Patty!
    I’d like to add:
    “We’re thankful for your generosity Richard!”

  4. Nadia

    Richard has become a true samurai πŸ™‚ Thank you for your wise thoughts!

  5. Lines

    Thank you Richard, because you help us to be better teachers and the most important to be greater persons in life.
    If all the teachers were like you, the society would be happier and charitable ( share things ?).

  6. Elvira

    I use your ideas(songs and games)not ΠΎnly with children but with adults also.All of us enjoy them, because they are fun and help practise English in a natural way.Thank you!

  7. Mohamed

    I’m thankful for Richard for introducing me Genki. I really enjoy the lesson and last evening I could enjoy a lesson with 32 students. Your way to be thankful is great! In tomorrow’s lesson,I’m going to teach your song Happy thanksgiving. Sir, it’s really wonderful that i met you I’m thankful for everything you do for all like me around the world. Finally let me say”I’m thankful for everything.”

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