The Seven Rules Of Happiness According To My Seven-Year-Old Son

During one of our random “What do you want to be when you grow up?” conversations, I told my son Thomas that he would make an amazing teacher. And I fully believe it – he’s energetic and always looking for the “funner” way to do something. Kids would love him.

“I’d be a happy teacher!” he told me.

“Oh yeah? That’s great that you’ll enjoy teaching,” I told him.

“Nooo,” he corrected me. “I’d be a happy teacher. I’d teach people how to be happy.”

I smile big and wave him closer. “So what would you teach them? What are your rules for being happy?”

He thought about it for a minute and gave me these seven rules. It is times like these that I am so glad I am a blogger.

Thomas’ Rules of Happiness

1) Run out all your energy
When you wake up, you’ll have more energy to do it again.

Adult translation: Go hard, every day. Whether it’s at the gym or when playing with your kids, go all in. Sometimes you have to create energy by working hard.

2) Always play, all day.
That’s how you’ll be happy. You’ll feel happier when you’re moving your body. If you have a bike, ride it a lot (make sure it doesn’t get a flat tire).

Adult translation: Similar to #1, always look for the opportunity to have fun.

3) If you have a brother or sister, play with them.
It’s more fun to play with someone than playing alone.

Adult translation: Have good people around to keep you company.

4) Take a nap or sleep when you’re feeling sad.

Adult translation: Well, no translation is necessary. Go to sleep!

5) Gum makes you happy. 

Adult translation: Enjoy the little things in life.

6) Do a lot of crazy things. (“Do stuff like this,” he says, as he intentionally rolls off my four-foot high bed.)

Adult translation: Don’t be so boring and stiff. Lighten up.

7) Ask your parents to cook a lot of your favorite foods and that will make you happy too. 

Adult translation: Eating great food with people you love is one of life’s greatest pleasures.


  1. Smart kid! I love this so much. I hope he always retains this outlook, too.

  2. Love his 7 rules! He is very wise. :)

  3. What a great list of ways to be happy! Makes me want to ask my own children what their rules for happiness are just to learn what they view as priority in their life. Should prove to be interesting. Thanks for sharing! (Found it on Twitter. I follow you. ????)

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  7. These principles, often expressed with the pure perspective of children, resonate with the essence of happiness and well-being.

  8. Happiness rule number one is to always make time for play! Whether it’s building with blocks, running around outside, or creating imaginative adventures, play is the key to a joyful heart.

  9. While happiness is a subjective and complex concept, it’s often surprising how children can offer profound insights into life. Showing kindness to others can create a positive and joyful environment. Being friendly and helpful can bring happiness to both you and those around you.

  10. Children often have a unique and simple way of looking at the world that can offer profound insights. Treat people with kindness and respect, and you’ll create positive connections that make you happy.

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  12. These rules from your seven-year-old son offer a simple yet profound perspective on happiness. They remind us to find joy in the little things, spread positivity, and nurture meaningful connections.

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