Last week, my family and I went to Disneyland – our first time. We had a wonderful visit, and I was reminded, once again, that when thinking about family happiness, the simplest and most obvious truths are the most important to remember:
Less is more.
Start early if you can.
Don’t let anyone get too hungry.
Cheerfulness is contagious, and crabbiness is even more contagious.
Carry Bandaids and aspirin.
Remind kids to visit the bathroom – don’t wait for the thought to occur to them.
Get plenty of sleep.
Take lots of pictures.
As President Eisenhower observed, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”
The point is to have fun.
How about you? Do you have any fundamental reminders about family happiness to add?
* There's been a lot of interest in the one-page discussion guide for book groups. Because so many people mentioned that they're reading The Happiness Project with their church group, or in a spirituality book group, and the like, I wrote another one-page discussion guide that focuses on the spiritual aspect. If you'd like either discussion guide (or both!), email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com.
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