The voice of today’s society – the media – (unintentionally) works against happiness. There is a constant, streaming bombardment of “Bad News.” Young girls are encouraged to find power in sexuality, suffering, and entitlement. Addictive behavior is sensationalized and glamorized. Many in the media promote lying, deception, and revenge as profitable. There are even messages teaching how to get away with murder.
Where are the messages regarding the incredible power of choice, personal responsibility, and accountability? Why isn’t every growing girl told that she is responsible for her happiness?
The impact a father has on his daughter – especially during these modern times – is both profound and immense. Fathers can’t do much about the focus of the media. Smut sells. But, it is not the media’s duty to provide daughters with the tools necessary for a happy life.
In this one-of-a-kind, educational, witty, and humorous “fun guide,” Griffith reveals the secrets of happiness that every dad should teach his daughter so that she can grow into the amazing, powerful, world-changing woman she was meant to become.
Recognizing that a father’s impact upon his daughter is achieved through healthy and personal interactions, Griffith’s guidance is written in a format intended to be shared between father and daughter. Using the powerful tools of metaphoric story-telling, introspective letters, and creative activities, Griffith shares the seven keys to happiness that are critical to staving off the effect of the foes of happiness that permeate society today.
With topics such as art, history, physics, spirituality, philosophy, earth science, unexplainable phenomena, pop-culture, science fiction, and more, Griffith teaches both father and daughter the keys to remaining happy throughout life by embracing considered thought, emotion, and imagination. Inside this guide to happiness, dads will learn how to teach their daughters the keys to:
¥ Living with “naysayers.” Girls, more than their male counterparts, encounter gender-imposed limits about what they can achieve in life. Using Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam as a point of focus, dads and daughters learn how to navigate living in the midst of others that say “You can’t, because. . .”
¥ Dealing with painful past events. One of the greatest foes of happiness a daughter will face is the handling of unchangeable, past events. Using George A. Romero’s zombie movies and the soaring zombie popularity that is prevalent today, dads and daughters learn how to let go of what cannot be changed, how to heal from hurtful experiences, and how to handle peers that use past events as means for manipulation and a source of power.
¥ Staying focused on what is desired in life, rather than what is unwanted. As a daughter grows older, she will be encouraged by society and her peers to focus on what is unwanted. Using Taoism, the Tao Te Ching and yin yang, daughters (and dads) will explore the powerless and limiting nature of “shadow” thinking and will learn instead, how to use the spirit of desire – “light thinking” – to pursue and achieve her dreams and aspirations.
¥ Finding solutions when obstacles and challenges are encountered. Every person is born a problem solver. If not, no one would learn to roll over, crawl, walk or ride a bike. But as a daughter grows older and the challenges become more complex, solution-mindedness takes a back seat to stagnation. Using one of America’s most popular inventors as a source for inspiration, Griffiths guides fathers to reconnect a daughter with seeing obstacles as opportunities for growth, instead of limiting barriers.
¥ Living with the expectation that the future is hopeful and rewarding, and is working out for the good. Worry is one of the most destructive emotional responses that befalls a growing daughter. Drawing inspiration from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Einstein’s time-dilation theories, and the Industrial Revolution, Griffith shows dads and daughters how to avoid the mentally paralyzing and physically harmful effects from illogical worrying.
¥ Maintaining a grateful attitude, and acknowledging the incredible miracles that are abundant, and occurring every day. Using a miracle that has been occurring in Central America, in the same month for more than 150 years, Griffith shows the immense power of possibilities that come from gratitude and faith.
¥ Avoiding self-judgment and self-criticism, choosing instead to recognize that life is unfolding in a manner that is working out for the best, and that no “mistake” is too costly. Using the water cycle and the three forms of water, a daughter is connected with her own three forms of mind, body, and spirit, and how each of these forms functions and work together.
Dads, you have the opportunity to be the single most important male role model in your little girl’s life. She needs your influence. The investment you make in the life of your daughter will have infinite returns. Follow John Griffith’s advice in this guide, and you and your princess will reap never-ending rewards.
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