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Detroit youth choir goes viral with Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'

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Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences youth choir’s video rendition, of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” has gone viral. According to The Detroit News report on March 19, the video has been seen more than 570,000 times.

The children were just practicing, they had not even learned the whole song, when a parent recorded the 2 minute clip and put it on YouTube.

“We could never have imagined that the video would take off like it has,” school CEO Maurice Morton said. “We’ve been swamped by phone calls, emails and messages. We’ve also been contacted by NBC ‘Today’ and the ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ and ‘Queen Latifah’ shows. Everyone is so excited for the children.”

Happy, laughing children seem to go hand in hand, but can being happy affect your child’s health as well as their education? The answer is yes. According to a “growing body of scientific evidence,” the benefits of happiness can affect your children's health and education in positive ways.

Husband and wife psychologists at the University of California, Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip Cowan, believe it is possible to “predict how well children will do emotionally, socially and academically.”

The key? Parents, and their stress levels. Happy parents make happy children, as well as their relationships with relatives, school assignments, and their peers. Other factors that can affect your child’s happiness are exercise, spirituality, and play time.

To help parents lower their stress levels, check out three steps from wikiHow on how to Help Raise A Happy Child:

1. Find inventive ways to make them interested in a routine – help them find a creative way to do a new chore, then allow them to do it on their own. Children feel great when you give them responsibility of things, the earlier you start, it then becomes a habit.
2. Hear them out – sometimes when you ask your child to do a chore they may need to say something first, because to them it may be really important.
3. Ask their help, advice, opinions on things like deciding on an outfit, buying gifts, or helping you cook. It gives them a chance to feel like you value what they have to say, and that makes them feel important and happy.

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