What makes a Lateen happy?

I’ve never won anything free in my whole life, so when I got a copy of the yet to be published book, Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, I knew I had to read it ASAP.

Since I finished the book, I’ve thought about it and the important lessons mentioned in it at least once a day.

Without giving away too much, the book made me laugh out loud more than twice, made me tear up once and made me want to go out there and conquer the world.  It took me back to my teen years when I would get infatuated with certain books, but it also made me wonder about how much Lateens are reading this days.

I couldn’t find a compelling statistic on readership among Lateens, good or bad, but most importantly I want this post to be a call to action for Hispanic parents. Somebody told me a long time ago that kids imitate what their parents do.  Therefore, parents should read to their kids, read themselves (so the kids see them) and write, if possible.  I wonder how many Hispanic parents do this. After all, all kinds of education start at home.  If you haven’t read to your kids and they are already teenagers, it’s not too late.  Grab a book, any book, (I recommend Delivering Happiness but I’m a little biased), or the newspaper and make it a family ritual.

Again, I don’t want to reveal too much, but Delivering Happiness also made me think about what makes a Lateen happy.  What makes us happy?  Why does happiness mean something different to all of us?  What is the science behind it?  It also made me think about how responsible we adults are for Lateens’ happiness … I say a lot.  I say it’s in our hands to help them find their happiness, to help them find that ONE book that can make them laugh and cry at the same time, to help them find their passions and their path, but how do we do this?  We have to get involved, we have to mentor them (it’s a win-win situation because there’s also a lot we can learn from them) and most importantly we have to be present in their lives.

What would make me happy would be to have at least one Lateen parent read to their kids and for at least 10 people to read Delivering Happiness.  I think it’s a fair deal for getting a free book.  I highly recommend it and think it will help you rethink your own happiness and that of those around you, including Lateens.

6 comments

1 Ramon { 03.02.11 at 6:27 pm }

What Alejandra says it’s true, reading is one of the most importante things that people could do, if you read you’ll have more culture, you’ll be well informed about the things that happen in our world, continent, country or state. Everyone should encorage other people to read, by reading to their kids or friends, reading is fun and makes you more intelligent. Please read, about anything you want or anything you like, because reading is good and reading can make families get closer.

2 Ramon { 03.02.11 at 10:39 pm }

What Alejandra says it’s true, reading is one of the most importante things that people could do, if you read you’ll have more culture, you’ll be well informed about the things that happen in our world, continent, country or state. Everyone should encorage other people to read, by reading to their kids or friends, reading is fun and makes you more intelligent. Please read, about anything you want or anything you like, because reading is good and reading brings family closer.

3 Jose R { 03.02.11 at 10:40 pm }

What Alejandra says it’s true, reading is one of the most importante things that people could do, if you read you’ll have more culture, you’ll be well informed about the things that happen in our world, continent, country or state. Everyone should encorage other people to read, by reading to their kids or friends, reading is fun and makes you more intelligent. Please read, about anything you want or anything you like, because reading is good and reading could bring family closer.

4 Vanya Stephania Aguayo { 03.03.11 at 5:54 am }

When you learn something new, you win, and the reading is a very important tool that opens you many doors.
I totally agree with this essay about the happiness and the importance of reading, to persevere we have to be prepared and people rich in culture. I think that a problem that is affeting us a lot in the current season is the ignorance, we cant do many things because of this, we think that reading is bored, but it gives us culture and knowledge. What better than start reading when we are kids?, so we learn to read because we want to, not because we have to. The kids that start reading, become smarter than others, they learn to use their imginaion and as the essay says, to find their passions. Never is too late to start reading, is very true that the education starts at home, we as teenagers have to encourage the reading to everyone.
I liked a lot the thing that says that is a win -win situation, because we can learn from the books many things that we can put in practice in our lives, but also the adults can learn from us, of how we think and why do we act like this, because we are teenagers and we are free to express what we think and feel. :)

5 Xtian { 06.18.11 at 3:03 pm }

The article is great because it talks about a major problem in our society, because reading a lot of the time is a waste of time or even as an obligation. Example when we’re in high school many teachers leave us plenty of books to read and whenever we see it as excessive and burdensome work.
The article is good as mentioned that parents are the guides for their children to be successful people in life, I think that is very true because for a lot of education that they may receive in their schools, it will never compare to the education come to receive in their homes because parents are the ones who are going to inculcate values.
When I became a father I’ll worry about these issues to give my children tools that will serve them in the future.

6 Rodrigo Zenteno { 10.02.11 at 11:22 pm }

I think it’s true that children don’t read at all. Just play with their videogames, or if they read something, are their facebook’s status. Lateens and everyone have to develop the reading habit. Instead of putting the kid to see TV, they should read a book. Reading it’s a great mind excersice, it improves your creation and imagination. So why don’t we all do it?

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