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Joy Multiplier vs. Joy Thief

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You're likely very attentive when your child comes to you with a problem, but what about when they come to you with good news?

You are a Joy Multiplier when you take a few moments to stop and be fully present with people when they share good news. You are excited and happy for them. On the flip side, when someone you care about brings you news of joy and you don't share authentic interest, you are not only putting a damper on the moment, but are also depriving yourselves of an opportunity to strengthen the bond you share. You are unintentionally being a Joy Thief.

Either for yourself or with your child, make a list to determine when you are a Joy Multiplier, when you are a Joy Thief, and how you can be a Joy Multiplier more often:

  • When are you a Joy Multiplier? (e.g., What times of day? With whom? With what kinds of good news?)
  • When are you a Joy Thief (e.g., What times of day? With whom? With what kinds of good news?)
  • What can you say to yourself to help you to be a Joy Multiplier more often? (For me, just remembering the question, "Will you be there for me when things go right?" helps me to stay active and constructive.)

 

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