We’ve all met those people who always seem to be positive and happy, who look for the good in others and see the silver lining in every cloud.
I’m sure we can also all identify with the person who never has a good word to say about anyone else, who finds fault in everything and who rarely seems happy.
Which person are you?
Perhaps more importantly, which person would you like your child to be?
You actually have a choice for your child, as I strongly believe that we can teach children to be optimistic. I think that as parents we are a major influence on our children’s lives. Our children often learn their behaviours from what they see us doing and from how we react to situations. If we want our children to be optimistic, then we should be optimistic.
I see this at the front door as I greet students and families each day. Some students (and their parents) are bright, happy and engaging, always with a smile and a welcoming “good morning,” whereas others look as though they have the weight of the world on their shoulders and you barely get an acknowledgement.
Let’s all try to see the world more positively and teach our children to be optimistic, as they will benefit from this for the rest of their lives.
The health benefits of being an optimist are well documented as, generally, optimists live healthier, happier and longer lives.
Remember – a smile is contagious!
Mark Hemphill | Head of School