Category Archives: Values

World Happiness Report 2019 Showed Happier Pinoys

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes.

Image credit: People’s Journal Tonight; NVT for the cartoon

The Philippines is the 69th happiest country in the world, according to a United Nations report released on the International Day of Happiness.

The Philippines ranked higher than its Southeast Asian counterparts like Malaysia (80th), Indonesia (92nd), Vietnam (94th), Laos (105th), Cambodia (109th) and Myanmar (131st).

The country, with an average score of 5.631 in 2019, slightly moved from its place last year—at 71st out of the 156 countries ranked.

Filipinos, in general, are known to have ‘mababaw na kaligayahan’ meaning we are happy with simple things in life. We smile even through the difficult situations in life, that’s who we are, I think.

Credit: Philstar.com. Read more about the report at worldhappiness.report.

How to praise our kids

Here are some tips on how to say encouraging words to our kids. (I post this in 2011 and thought of re-posting it this year.)

HELPFUL PRAISE                                               UNHELPFUL PRAISE

“Thank you for polishing the floor,                      “You are truly mother’s little helper.”
it is so clean and shiny.”

“Thank you for washing the car,                          “You are an angel.”
it looks new again.”

“I liked you birthday card.                                    “You are always so thoughtful.”
It was so pretty and witty.”

“Your poem spoke to my heart.”                          “You are a good poet for your age.”

“The lantern you made looks beautiful.”             “You are such a good artist.”

“Your letter brought me great joy.”                      “When it comes to letters, you’re an A.”

“I appreciate your fixing the bed                          “You did a better job than Mommy.”
this morning.”

“Thanks for telling me that I still have                “You are such an honest child.”
a change. I appreciate it very much.”

“Your composition gave me a lot                          “You write well for your age.”
of new insights.”

“I appreciate your setting the table                     “You’re very helpful.”
while I cook dinner.”

*According to Dr. Haim G. Ginott in his book Between Parent and Child, the single most important rule in praising a child is that, praise deal only with child’s efforts and accomplishments, not with his character and personality. So, praise, like medicine must not be administered irregularly. Frame your words in such a way that the child will almost inevitably draw from them a realistic conclusion about his personality. – adapted from a magazine.

Teaching Kids the Value of Gift Giving

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If there is one thing that kids love the most, it is the holidays. It seems that kids always associate holidays with receiving gifts. While receiving gifts from different people can be nice, a lot of experts say that giving gifts can actually be more fulfilling. As a parent, you would like to instill that to your child but how are you going to do that? Even at an early age, kids will be able to feel things and even though they might not realize it at first, exposing them to situations wherein they are giving gifts can actually make them happy and can shape them into better individuals. One way by which you can do this is by bringing your child when you do some charity work. Aside from the fact that he or she will be able to interact with other people, he or she will also have firsthand experience on giving. This will shape the values of your child well.