Young children laugh about 400 times a day. Adults, if they're lucky, only laugh a couple of times a day. Are we too busy to be happy?
We get caught up in what needs to be done, not the doing. We never fully commit to the activity, as in the back of our minds the next task is pending.
The good news is, while our lack of laughter is lamentable, it is something we can change.
As adults, we are automatically accustomed to saying no. We shut ourselves off from fun and frivolity, often in the fear of looking stupid, or because it's 'for kids'. So we take them to the joy inducing activity, and we sit back and supervise, rather than joining in.
Next time you say no to something, pause and reconsider. You never know what it might bring. Next time you take your kids out to do something fun, don't just sit playing on your phone, join in. They have the secret to happiness, apparently, so surely it makes sense to do as they do?
With New Year Resolutions pending, why not make 2015 the Year of Yes, and seek out mirth and happiness?