Today we are starting a new series for our Kids Without Stuff blog titled, “How to Be Happy.” The posts will be based on the StarShine Guiding Principles and will reflect how I support and motivate the students and teachers at StarShine. At the StarShine Schools, most of the students enrolled because they were not happy or successful at their previous school. I believe that an important part of my job, as Superintendent of the StarShine Schools, is to not only provide a strong academic framework for the students and teachers, but to ensure that everyone is happy, motivated and successful.
So -- here are some tips for How to Be Happy:
1.) Start the morning happy - Before getting out of bed, think about five things you are grateful for.
2.) Smile - It’s pretty hard to smile, and not be happy.
3.) Shake hands – Shaking hands promotes contact with others and forces you to smile which in turn will make you happy.
4.) Stay organized – Organized people are happier than disorganized people. The more messy your room, house or car is the less happy you will be.
5.) Get enough sleep – Many people don’t get enough sleep. Try getting 8 hours of sleep each night and see what happens.
6.) Exercise – Exercising and staying in shape will give you a better attitude about yourself and thus will help you to become happier.
7.) Enjoy friends – Your friends are a reflection of you. Sharing in the joys of your friends brings compassion and happiness into your life.
8.) Get out of debt - Money problems are the number one ‘downer’ to keep you from being happy and causing stress. Stressful people are not happy.
9.) End the day happy – Before you fall asleep at night jot down three things that you felt happy about that day.
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