Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now[…]

‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy[…]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.


Would you call yourself an optimist or a pessimist? Do you think that your “glass half-full” or “glass half-empty” personality came to you naturally or do you think it was a quality you absorbed from others growing up? Child development specialist Anita Cleare thinks optimism is a positive trait that is learned and should be taught to children by parents:


The most important things parents can do to instill a positive outlook on life, Cleare says, is to be a good role model:


Teaching children how to “interpret failure as an opportunity” to learn and do better the next time will help them manage adversity in positive and constructive ways. (In other words, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”) And instead of setting goals for their children, parents should allow kids to envision and set their own goals:


It’s a big world out there; our kids will need a bright outlook to make it a better place for themselves. Besides, no one likes a pickle-puss:


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