Promoting happiness and well being in children

Psychologist & Author David Palmiter, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best ways to promote happiness and well being in your child's life
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Promoting happiness and well being in children

More and more parents are turning to psychology for more than just resolving pain but how do I promote happiness. How do i promote a sense of meaning in life not only for myself but for my kid. That's why in every chapter of my book, Working Parents Thriving Families, I end with an exercise from positive psychology. Very practical specific. My favorite of them is a gratitude letter. This can be done individually or even more favorably in my mind as a family. Pick one person a week. Everybody writes a hand-written letter of about three hundred words. It might be less for younger kids. They might do more pictures to bring our kids but everybody writes that letter. Sit that person down and everybody reads their letters. I bet you 98% of families is going to be a lot of crying going on and our research suggests that joy is enhanced for the next three weeks, in an individual's life and in the family's life. Its a very powerful exercise. It can be done individually. I can find someone with whom I have unexpressed gratitude, recent or ancient. Write a hand-written letter of three hundred words, read it to them. I think that people that get these letters, if there is a fire in their home, God forbid, its one of the first things they'll grab before they leave

Psychologist & Author David Palmiter, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best ways to promote happiness and well being in your child's life


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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

Psychologist & Author

Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University, the President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2012-2013), a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, a Public Education Coordinator for the American Psychological Association, author of an award winning parenting book (times three), dad (of 3.0 children; 3.5 if you count the neurotic dog) and husband (of over 22 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, who says she has 4.0 children as she counts David). Dr. Palmiter has over three dozen professional publications to his credit, has given over 200 continuing education workshops around the country and has completed over 300 public education projects, including for outlets such as the LA Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and O Magazine. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and self-actualized children. 

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