The Happiness Formula- A Letter to My Daughter

Happiness – My Daughter’s Request

I asked my 10-yr old daughter what we should write about this week and her immediate response was “happiness”! My girl has the magic formula to always make me happy. She can always anticipate my mood if less-than-perky and stop mid-tracks to give me a hug and a smile. Her smiles and hugs warm me to the core. I think she has already figured out how to be happy in our current day-to-day lives – but I want to make sure she is ready and excited about happiness as she continues to grow and explore worlds beyond 5th grade.


















Happiness Word Cloud

My daughter and I shared a fun brainstorm exercise on happiness through building a Wordle word cloud. It’s a quick and fun  (and free) online tool that is perfect for self-expression of an idea. (You can even turn your Wordles into gifts, like my crafty blogging sister did here.)



A Letter to My Daughter

My Dear Amazing Girl,

The biggest wish I have for you as you continue to grow is to be happy. You bring me so much happiness each and every day with your smiles and hugs. You continue to teach me to appreciate the present moment and to treasure our family time together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I see that you are already doing all of the right things for happiness. You share smiles and find the positives in every situation. You keep yourself healthy through healthy food (my berry-maniac girl) and exercise (fastest runner on the block). You care for others (whether it’s teaching your brothers how to brush their teeth or sending notes of encouragement). You take time for yourself to re-energize  You have a thirst for learning and trying new things. You are a dreamer who knows the power of your dreams. Keep dreaming! Keep smiling!

Any time you feel a little sad – remember that happiness is not always in the room – but it is always within reach. Sometimes we need to tread across a muddy path to get to the rainbow…the mud will make the rainbow that much more colorful. You don’t need to search for happiness. Happiness will find you if you continue to treasure the big and small moments in our life and to understand that life experiences all build to give us a rich life.

Always know that you are loved. I love you. Enjoy this moment. Treasure life’s path and continue to give to others with your smile. Follow your dreams.

I wish you a lifetime of happiness!



Happiness Resources

If you really want to better understand happiness – here are some great resources:


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  4 comments for “The Happiness Formula- A Letter to My Daughter

  1. January 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Such a lovely letter! Thanks for sharing. Our daughters need the love and support from us everyday.

  2. January 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    This beautiful post really touch my heart!
    Thank you both, mom and girl.

  3. January 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Truly beautiful post.

  4. January 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I really appreciate the kind comments. Thank you for giving me some extra happiness today through your generosity in taking the time to read the post (& to comment) 🙂

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