H-Factor Where Is Your Heart


WHAT IS YOUR HAPPINESS? HAPPINESS AND TEENAGERS BY LISA CYPERS KAMEN

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

Teenagers are at a point in their lives where they are figuring out who they are, their relationships with people, and how they fit into this world. They’re not kids anymore, but they’re also not adults. They want to be in charge of their lives.

What is happiness? Everyone wants to be happy or become happier. In order to bring more happiness into our lives, we need to know what gives us pleasure right now and what makes us happy in the long run. Many people who are lucky enough to have all their basic needs met and them some –  food, housing, the love of family and friends — still experience anxiety, stress, and depression. Let’s explore the idea that happiness actually doesn’t depend on our circumstances.

Happiness is something that we can learn from each other. What do your friends and family think about happiness? How do the TV shows and video games you see talk about happiness?

Teens pursue happiness with three goals in mind: the pleasure of the moment, relationships with family and friends and the long-term search for meaning and purpose – in other words, friends, family and faith. They may not always be able to articulate their thoughts and feelings. That’s where we come in as parents and mentors living by positive example. Ask yourself…are you a living and breathing embodiment of joy that is demonstrating a positive legacy for our adults-in-training?

Friends

Online friendships are just as important as face-to-face contact with friends.

Family

Teens perceive their parents as looking out for their best interests. If parents keep talking to their teens, you can be sure that the teens are listening. You can be a partner for your teenager.

Faith

Faith is important to teens, even if it is not traditional. They may take different ideas from different faiths to make their own “customized” form of spirituality.

Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate us as we each undertake our own personal search for happiness and shares them with http://www.motherhoodincorporated.  Happiness is an Inside Job. To contact Lisa, email her directly at lisa@whatisyourhappiness.com and check out her websites at www.whatisyourhappiness.com & www.harvestinghappiness.com and listen to her on http://toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness or download her show at www.itunes.com.

Harvesting Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen brings to the airwaves a fresh talk radio approach promoting happiness, well-being and global human flourishing by presenting a diverse and proactive collection of the greatest thinkers and doers who have devoted their lives to creating a better world in which to live.

Weekly on www.toginet.com Wednesday’s at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

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