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The Secret to a Happy Family | The Science of Happiness

January 18, 2020

What makes you a happy parent? How do you
raise a well-adjusted child and while we’re on
the subject how do you go from worrying about only
your own happiness to caring about everybody around you? How do you do it when
for so long you’ve likely had to worry about yourself? Well luckily for you, you’re actually getting
a little extra boost. Studies have shown that within days of
becoming a parent the neurons in your brain start rewiring themselves to make you a better
caregiver. And as you interact more and more with your child you rapidly grow new brain cells to help
make you a better parent. Helping you make the shift from “me” to
“we”. Well, turns out we’re not the only ones
who were interested in family dynamics. The folks behind the new film Wish I Was
Here came to us and asked if we could investigate some of the ideas that are
tackled in the new film. Out in select theaters July 18th. Wish I
Was Here is about that moment in your life when you go from simply being a
member of your family to being the leader of your family. “This is it. This is the spot.” “What is it?” “This is the spot where I had one of the
deepest most sincere spiritual moments of my life. Last time I had an epiphany it was right here.” “What’s an enifany? “An epiphany is when you realize something that you really needed
to realize. It’s, you know, sometimes in life you can
get kinda stuck and you feel like you should’ve
changed chapters by now but you can’t.” We gathered a selection of parents
and their children to act as our subjects. First we asked the parents to step outside. -Ok Once they were out of sight we asked their
kids a series of questions about them. Then we invited each of the parents back
in and asked them to tell us how they thought their child answered
each question. -Ok -So the first question we asked him was if he
could have any wish for you what would it be? -Oh, boy. Let me… tour the world with my band. -Ok, let’s see what he said for him to have his band takeoff. *laugh* Very cool -Right on the head. He knows what kinda efforts and persistence I’ve put into gaining success at music To… be happy and live a long
life. *Laughs* For her to get a better job. -Why do you say that? Cause we need more money probably. -So why do you think he said that? Maybe cause me and his dad argue about money? My wish will be…He will be a happy dad. -So she just said she wants you to be happy.
Why do you think that is? I’ve been having ups and downs. Trying, you know, to get it together so my family’s well taken care of and they’re happy. -Do you worry about your mom? -Sometimes -Why do you worry about her? Cause her dad died when I started school. Like three days before school happened. Well, he said he does worry about you sometimes. Why do you think that is? I don’t know. He worries a lot. I always tell you don’t need to worry all the time. Just be a kid. I guess he is like me. I worry a lot too -Sometimes -Why do you worry about him? -Well, sometimes he gets a little frustrated on things. Getting jobs. So he is working hard to get a new job. -Does he have one right now? -No, he is getting one. -Right on the money. She worries about you sometimes. Yeah, just trying, you know, to get a job and, you know, it’s frustrating. I hate being turned away. -I worry about her sometimes because she has a pretty stressful life. She does yell a lot. She yells a lot I don’t know why. -So was he accurate? -Yes *laughs* That is like my stress response and I
start out saying things really softly of what I need to be done around the house and each time I have to say it, it gets a
little bit louder -Not at all. wait, wait, wait. A little bit -Not at all. -Really? Why not? I mean he’s not in danger any time. I mean sometimes the rent. He pays it late sometimes but other than that we’re pretty
good – Do you know if he liked his job or not? -I used to work at Children’s Hospital. I got let go. I’m working 9-5 I can’t do nothing else. I can’t hustle and make extra money. My whole day is gone. So that is why I need a night job. When are you going to find time to sleep? -I don’t know but right now I don’t have time to sleep. I work too much already, as you saw, and I have an eight year-old daughter. She knows that I’m trying to get it together. She knows. She’s, you know, eight years old but she knows.
She’s smart. She knows what’s going on. I wanna be a provider for her and I want to be able to give her the best. That’s my first born, you know. That’s my baby girl. -She especially likes working with kids. That’s why she is teacher but sometimes it’s just too much for her. -Do you think he is accurate? -Very accurate. Yes, it
does overwhelm me sometimes because, like I said, I wanna balance
everything and to be a good mom and a good teacher and a good wife and a good everything. It’s just… It’s stressful. Sometimes he gets like a thousand-dollar check every day but sometimes he gets nothing because he didn’t sell Life Alerts(?) but on the good days he’s happy -The key to being a good parent is being there for your kids not just financially, but physically. -Do you think you spend enough time with her? -Yes -Yes -Time is hugely important but I think too many people waste all the little moments in between. -Do you spend a lot of time with your dad? -Yeah, usually we play games together. He is actually learning very well. It’s about how you’re utilizing the
time. It’s in the details. It’s in the small things. We love to gear up for a camping trip and go
out and have that event to look forward to, but
there’s the times in between just when you’re sitting on the couch. He’s playing and “Hey dad, can you get me something to drink” and you’re attentive to that. You’re there for him. -Do you think you get to spend enough
time with your son? -Probably not -Yeah, I spend probably half my day with her. -I didn’t really quite get
that he wanted to spend more time with me from that. That makes me happy -Is it something you worry about? That you are not getting enough time? Yeah it is. I mean with all my kids. It’s always a balance it seems. -Welcome back. Have a seat. If you could have three wishes to make your mom happier what would they be? -Some money so he won’t be so
stressed about rent. -Money, jewelry and a house. It’s a big apartment but mom wants a house. She could use a vacation somewhere really relaxing. And also for my dad to be home a little bit more. Cause he’s a firefighter and he works
sometimes three days at a time. -Love me, happiness, and caring. -I’m working hard and I think that
things are gonna come together financially but the
reality of right now what I’m dealing with comes back to making the very most of the time we do have
together including all the little times in
between. -We as parents need to realize that they’re going to have to spend less
time with us as they grow up and, you know, maybe that’s just the process. -One of my favorite times is in the morning. -You walk me to school. -That is really good quality time. Not this big, you know, thing like a camping trip
or a vacation but we walk together to school.
Maybe for 12-15 minutes but that’s how we start the day and it’s a
great time together. -Every minute counts. Every second counts.
That we spend time And when they are not with me, if I’m at work or
whatever, I know they’re in good hands. These are my babies so I owe them that. Being a good parent isn’t about how much time you spend with them. It’s about the quality of the time. and that as a direct result of your
ability to stay present while you’re with them. Stay tuned for more episodes and check out the movie Wish I Was Here out in theaters July 18th.
I’m Julian and this has been The Science of Happiness. Huuh, Feels good to be back. SoulPancake! Subscribe! 😀


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    I wish my parents could realize that they needed or need to be there FOR me. When I tell them that they should care for me more they respond in a negative way. "Oh you're lucky you didn't have to do this Like me when I was younger" "you get everything you want" um no I don't and I don't really care for objects. I just want them to be more positive and stop making judgments and to enjoy life. It's not like it's we are suffering financially or something. Loving each other is easy, but they're not willing to try.

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    This is really beautiful. The father with the 8 year old girl is such a traditional responsible father. Beautiful father. I wished I knew my dad and wish he had the mind just like her father does. I pray it works out for them.

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  • Reply An alias October 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I think I've always had a lot of quality time with my dad even though he works a lot whereas on the contrary my mom always says that she raised my brother and I almost on her own but it doesn't feel like we ever had quality time. She cared for our basic needs but we never really bonded over anything.

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  • Reply Terrible Person From Louisiana February 20, 2017 at 2:27 am

    the secret to a happy family is having GOD in the center!

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    walking to school with my grandma was my favorite

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    I'm studding this video with my English students. We are loving!

  • Reply Emily Huffstetler May 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    That little girl is very bright and super sweet & her dad is too

  • Reply MasterGamer2853 June 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I really wish to do this because we are having hard times in the family because we argue a lot and I really wish to arrange things

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  • Reply Mariah _ October 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

    The dad in the band hit the nail on the head. My mom always place such a huge focus on going on a vacation, but what she didn't know was that all I wanted was designated one-on-one time doing something as simple as making pasta with sauce for dinner and watching my favorite movie(plus singing all the songs) would have meant the world to me.

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  • Reply Jay Pearson January 8, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Y'all mind if I cry? 😢😭

  • Reply Holly G March 30, 2018 at 12:45 am

    If one kid was like i worry about my dad’s/Mum’s drug business 😂

  • Reply Nonde M May 14, 2018 at 6:54 am

    The little girl is so smart and caring.

  • Reply Raquel Malone June 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Quality time for sure. This is beautiful, I hope I exhibit to my babies with certainty my love and appreciation for them ♥️

  • Reply Nish YD July 20, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I’m crying in da club😭😭 these kids literally look like a mini version of their parents and the look in both of their eyes💛

  • Reply LoveMe,com September 26, 2018 at 3:56 am

    This is a very uplifting episode between parents and their children. Seems that those kids think like adults. This video gives us a lesson that we should give or spend quality time with our families. This is an eye-opener for everyone.

  • Reply Shofia Afkarina October 15, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    is Jullian still being host of science of happiness and love? can't wait to see the other project and Julian on it! ❤

  • Reply We M January 16, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I'm not crying….. You're crying. 😢❤

  • Reply Authentic Gay Blog January 19, 2019 at 8:14 am

    The little girl so beautiful and adorable.

    I am reminded of this story:

    SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

    DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?”

    SON: “How much do you make an hour?”

    DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”

    SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”

    DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”

    SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”

    The father was furious and said, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard every day for my money.”

    The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

    The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

    After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.

    The man went to the door of the little boy’s room, and opened the door and asked his son if he was awake and the boy replied that he was.

    DAD: “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $50 you asked for.”

    The little boy sat straight up, smiling, and said, “Oh, thank you daddy!”

    Then, reaching under his pillow the boy pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. As the little boy slowly counted out his money, his father asked, “Why do you want more money if you already have some?”

    SON: “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do. Daddy, I have $100 now; can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”

    The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

  • Reply vRe6V5NW May 1, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Yeah, but what is the point of the whole thing? It's not getting anywhere… The title is totally overblown.

  • Reply charlene stirling September 30, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Hi..the bible gives us wonderful advice on family happiness……Many people have never experienced a happy life..However.. the bible contains many principles that will help all members of the family to make their family life successful and to enjoy being together….Luke 11 v 28 ..Happy are those hearing the word of God and keeping it ……. What God expects from husbands.. please read Ephesians 5 v 25 to 29……What God expects from wives.. Ephesians 5 v 33……. What God expects from children . Ephesians 6 v 1 to 3……. Following the bible's principles avoids many problems and troubles…. Hope this helps.. please log onto for more information from the bible…

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