It is graduation time for students across the country.
That means that some of the world’s most notable figures are giving commencement speeches, imparting their wisdom upon students about to hit the real world.
Here are just a few of the famous faces who are gracing college campuses this season for commencement addresses:
- Oprah Winfrey at USC
- Apple CEO Tim Cook at Duke
- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at MIT
- Hillary Clinton at Yale
- Queen Latifah at Rutgers
- Actress Mindy Kaling at Dartmouth
- Chance the Rapper at Dillard University
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at NYU
But why wait until your kids graduate college (or rely on a celebrity) to give them important life lessons?
You can deliver terrific life advice to your kids by reading them the highly-recommended children’s book Make It A Good Day by Jennifer Universe.
I have two young kids (5 and 2) and have found that this little book has all of the practical tips to make each day a good one.
And I believe that lots of good days add up to make a good life.
Here are some of the simple lessons from the book for kids (and some back-up information for people of all ages!):
Put a smile on your face
Drink water and stay hydrated
Water is the number one healthiest beverage to drink, according to the world’s top nutrition experts.
Don’t feel the need to rush
Giving your attention only to the task at hand enables you to accomplish more while feeling less anxious and less scatterbrained.
Take a deep breath
This simple act can be a pathway to stress reduction, mental clarity, and creativity.
Move your body
Spend time in nature
Follow your imagination
Curiosity has been found to be just as important as intelligence in order to succeed and navigate our increasingly complex world.
Make sure to celebrate
One of the main reasons celebrating is so important is because it reflects an overall attitude of gratitude and enjoying what you have, instead of focusing on what you don’t have or only on what you want in the future.
And perhaps the most important lesson of all…
A good day is all in your head, you decide when you get out of bed
Attitude is a decision that we make every day, and choosing to have a good one builds relationships and opens doors like few other habits or behaviors can.
Make It A Good Day delivers all of these messages and more, in a fun and digestible way for young kids (complete with colorful illustrations and a playful rhyme).
So get the life lessons started early and help your kids to make each day a good one.
Andrew Merle writes about living well, including good habits for happiness, health, productivity, and success. Subscribe to his email list at andrewmerle.com.