The Sights and Sounds of Happiness
We form impressions about life through our senses. What we see, hear, smell, taste and touch helps to form our perceptions about the world around us.
So it makes ‘sense’ to use our senses to examine what type of play makes children happy. When we glance out the kitchen window and see our children laughing and smiling while they are playing outside with friends, we get a good sense that they are having fun. Like a yawn, laughter is contagious; and a parent who see a smile on their child’s face will usually smile themselves.
We can also listen to our children to get a good sense about their state of mind at any given time.
Listen to these children playing outside in a park
Now, listen to these children playing video games in an arcade hall
Listen closely the next time you see your children playing outside with friends and when they are sitting down playing video games. Then, look at their faces. What do your senses tell you? When are they happiest?