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Let happy beI am sure by now most of you know that I have autism. Sometimes having autism means that I experience life and see things differently. My life is far from the typical 20-year-old, but I am okay with that, because my life and my ways of doing things are part of what makes me who I am. The same could be true for your child(ren), clients, or students. In my opinion, from the inside looking out, it’s okay. Let happy be.

Your Happiness Can Affect Others
For example, it doesn’t take much to make me happy. When I am happy I am very happy. Even if things are going on in life to make it stressful, the look on my face, my smile, my laugh, my joy, can be enough to make someone stop in their tracks and smile.

Accepting Happiness, However it Looks
But what makes me happy isn’t what would usually make a young adult of my same age happy, one who was so-called typical. But I am far from typical, and that’s okay. I have learned to appreciate life for what it is and appreciate myself for who I am. The same should apply to your child with isms. Accept and appreciate them for who they really are. Don’t force them to be someone or something that they are not, just to make them seem typical or age appropriate in the eyes of society. Yes, there is a time and place for everything, and this applies to everyone, whether they have autism or not. But in the right time and the right place, such as at home, let happy be.

What is Happiness to Me?
For me happiness is:

  • The look of pure joy on my face, and the laughter that sometimes comes out of no where.
  • Lying under my [easyazon-link asin=”B004LOF3JY” locale=”us”]weighted blanket[/easyazon-link].
  • Going to Target. (One of my favorite places, not quite sure why, but I LOVE Target.)
  • Anything Disney related. (I LOVE all things Disney.)
  • Advocating for autism because I know I am teaching and helping others.
  • Relaxing and chatting with friends on Facebook.
  • Swinging on the swings at the playground.
  • Drawing
  • Writing
  • Relaxing with my family and friends.

How to Help Your Child Find Happiness
Think about what makes your child happy. Ask yourself some questions, such as:

  • What makes them smile?
  • What makes them laugh?
  • What makes them get a look of pure joy on their face?

Then encourage whatever it is that makes them happy, even though you may not understand it. Let happy be. There is a time and place for everything, but if the time and place are right, let happy be, well, happy. 🙂