Boosting Children's Well-being and Success: Exploring the Power of Positive Psychology

happiness positive psychology Aug 16, 2023


  • Positive psychology principles can be effectively applied to children's lives, promoting their well-being, resilience, and overall happiness.
  • Implementing research-backed tools and techniques from positive psychology enhances children's psychological and emotional development, leading to long-term success and life satisfaction.
  • The role of parents, family, and the community is crucial in creating a supportive environment and fostering positive psychological practices in children's lives. 


 Although my son is now 36 years old, I often reflect on the missed opportunities to teach him the valuable tools of Positive Psychology during his childhood. However, this realization led me to create a program based on research and the practical tools I applied when he was young. It is fascinating to see that what I intuitively taught him through applications is now supported by research, and the teaching of Positive Psychology is gradually finding its way into schools. In this article, I would like to share some well-known tools that can be used by parents, neighbors, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and anyone involved in a child's life to ensure they lead happier and more satisfying lives. Let's explore the profound connection between Positive Psychology and children and discover specific tools that can help children become happier and even more successful.


  1. Cultivating a Positive Mindset:

    • Encouraging a Growth Mindset: Teach children that their abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort, perseverance, and learning from failures. Emphasize the power of yet: "I can't do it yet, but with practice, I'll get better."
    • Practicing Gratitude: Foster a habit of gratitude by encouraging children to reflect on and appreciate the positive aspects of their lives. Regularly express gratitude as a family and encourage children to keep gratitude journals.
    • Promoting Positive Self-Talk: Help children recognize and reframe negative self-talk into positive and empowering statements. Teach them to embrace self-compassion and remind themselves of their strengths and abilities.
  2. Building Resilience and Emotional Intelligence:

    • Teaching Problem-Solving Skills: Empower children to solve problems independently by teaching them problem-solving techniques, such as identifying the issue, brainstorming solutions, considering consequences, and implementing a plan.
    • Developing Emotional Intelligence: Help children understand and regulate their emotions by teaching them to identify and express their feelings. Encourage empathy and perspective-taking to enhance their social interactions and relationships.
    • Fostering Resilience: Support children in developing resilience by reframing challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. Encourage them to persevere through setbacks and develop coping strategies to bounce back from adversity.
  3. Encouraging Strengths and Positive Relationships:

    • Identifying Strengths: Help children identify their unique strengths and talents. Encourage them to engage in activities that align with their strengths, promoting a sense of competence, confidence, and fulfillment.
    • Nurturing Positive Relationships: Emphasize the importance of healthy relationships by teaching children effective communication skills, active listening, empathy, and conflict resolution. Encourage them to build supportive friendships and engage in acts of kindness.
    • Encouraging Mindful Parenting: Practice mindful parenting by being present, attentive, and empathetic with your child. Create a nurturing and loving environment that fosters their emotional well-being and encourages their authentic self-expression.

  1. Practicing Mindfulness:

    • Introducing Mindfulness Exercises: Teach children simple mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing, body scans, and mindful eating. Encourage them to practice being fully present in the moment, cultivating awareness and reducing stress.
    • Creating Mindful Moments: Help children integrate mindfulness into their daily routines by encouraging them to take mindful breaks throughout the day. This can include short periods of quiet reflection or engaging in activities with full awareness, such as listening to music or playing a musical instrument.
    • Cultivating Gratitude Practice: Incorporate gratitude into mindfulness practice by guiding children to reflect on and express gratitude for the present moment, experiences, and the people in their lives.
  2. Teaching Optimism:

    • Practicing Positive Self-Talk: Encourage children to develop a positive inner dialogue by teaching them affirmations and positive self-talk. Guide them to reframe negative situations with positive perspectives, fostering optimism and resilience.
    • Cultivating a Growth Mindset: Help children understand that failures and setbacks are opportunities for growth and learning. Encourage them to embrace challenges, persist in the face of obstacles, and believe in their capacity to improve and succeed.
  3. Encouraging Acts of Kindness:

    • Engaging in Community Service: Encourage children to participate in community service activities and volunteer work. This helps them develop empathy, compassion, and a sense of social responsibility.
    • Modeling Kindness: Be a role model for kindness by demonstrating acts of kindness in your daily life. Involve children in acts of kindness, such as helping neighbors, donating to charity, or supporting those in need.
  4. Cultivating Resilient Thinking:

    • Encouraging Problem-Solving Skills: Teach children problem-solving skills, such as breaking down problems into manageable steps, brainstorming solutions, and evaluating their effectiveness. Empower them to find solutions and learn from challenges.
    • Fostering Positive Self-Reflection: Guide children to reflect on their experiences and setbacks in a positive and constructive way. Encourage them to focus on lessons learned, personal growth, and the strengths they exhibited in overcoming difficulties.
  5. Promoting Physical Well-being:

    • Encouraging Physical Activity: Engage children in regular physical activity to promote their physical and mental well-being. Encourage outdoor play, sports, and activities that they enjoy.
    • Nurturing Healthy Eating Habits: Educate children about the importance of a balanced diet and encourage healthy eating habits. Involve them in meal planning and preparation to instill a positive relationship with food.
  6. Practicing Mindful Media Consumption:

    • Monitoring Media Intake: Help children develop a healthy relationship with technology and media by monitoring their screen time and encouraging mindful media consumption. Teach them to be critical of media messages and prioritize quality content.
    • Engaging in Meaningful Media: Encourage children to engage with media that promotes positive values, education, and creativity. Discuss media content with them, helping them understand its impact and encouraging critical thinking.
  7. Cultivating Mindful Breathing:

    • Teaching Relaxation Techniques: Introduce children to relaxation techniques such as mindful breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery. These practices can help them manage stress and promote calmness.
    • Creating Mindful Moments: Encourage children to take mindful breaks throughout the day, pausing to focus on their breath and bring their attention to the present moment.
  8. Encouraging Reflection and Goal Setting:

    • Setting Meaningful Goals: Help children set meaningful goals that align with their values and interests. Encourage them to reflect on their progress and celebrate their achievements, fostering a sense of purpose and motivation.
    • Journaling and Self-Reflection: Encourage children to keep a journal where they can reflect on their experiences, emotions, and personal growth. This practice promotes self-awareness, introspection, and self-expression.

Positive Psychology offers a transformative approach to nurturing children's happiness and well-being. By cultivating a positive mindset, building resilience and emotional intelligence, encouraging strengths and positive relationships, practicing mindfulness, teaching optimism, promoting acts of kindness, nurturing resilient thinking, promoting physical well-being, mindful media consumption, cultivating relaxation techniques, and encouraging reflection and goal setting, we can empower children to lead happier, more satisfying lives. As caregivers and influential figures in their lives, let us embrace these powerful tools and create an environment that fosters their growth, fulfillment, and lifelong success. Together, we can shape a brighter and more positive future for our children.


Research Paper: "Positive Education: Positive Psychology and Classroom Interventions" by Martin E. P. Seligman, Acacia C. Parks, and Tracy Steen

"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

"The Strength Switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish" by Lea Waters, Ph.D.

Braco Pobric is an Internationally Recognized Positive Psychology Expert, Executive Coach, and Corporate Trainer. He is the bestselling author of Habits and Happiness: How to Become Happier and Improve Your Wellbeing by Changing Your Habits. Braco is a founding member and Chief Happiness Officer of the Life Success Academy, Certified Positive Psychology Master Coach and Trainer, and former globally Certified Trainer and Business Coach for Dale Carnegie Training. His unique approach to integrated learning in Positive Psychology Coaching (PPMC) program let him train over 60,000 Students in 172 countries.

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