When it comes to having a happy family, don’t try to keep up with the Joneses. Instead do what works for your family.
All too often, when it comes to creating a happy family, people forget the warning, “don’t try to keep up with the Joneses.” They flutter from activity to activity and place to place looking for some new thing, some different thing to make the family happy. People who are financially challenged will try to do big grand things in order to find happiness. It is hard for them to do this because money spent on creating happy memories may take money needed for life’s necessities. Wealthy people may try to do “things money can’t buy.” This is not a requisite for happiness and is contrary to the idea that money is meant to be used and enjoyed.
Each family has a thing that they do that makes everyone happy. There is no universal, one size fits all fix for making families happy. This is an area where it is okay to be unique. It is okay to be special, to be weird. Not everyone is going to like gangster gospel rap music like my family. At the same time, not everyone is going to like sitting around playing video games like my friend’s family. Those people, all four of them, will sit around and play video games for hours and be happy, purely and simply happy. I don’t get it. The good thing is that I do not have to get it. It makes them happy and they should continue to do it.
Problems arise happens when people think that instead of sticking with their tried and true happiness makers they have to do what everyone else does. If movie night with popcorn at home does it for your family, do that. Do not try to copy your neighbors who find their happiness dining at expensive restaurants. If traveling to wild and exciting places does it for your family, don’t be upset that your friends are happiest walking around the neighborhood.
Happiness is a treasure. It is a precious gift that some people spend a lifetime trying to achieve. Do not think little of the things that make your family happy. Do not take lightly the small things that bring smiles to the eyes of those you love. Those little things, are in fact, the great things. They are things you should count among your most precious possessions. The things that make your family happy are treasures and should be treated as such.
So, the question for you this serene day is, what makes your family happy?