Today’s happiness tip is: make a difference…vote! Voting really is a privilege, so treat it as one! Challenge yourself to be an informed voter by becoming familiar with the issues and the platforms of the candidates. Think about it this way: if you don’t take the time to thoughtfully cast your vote, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to complain about what your elected officials do or don’t do.

On election day, don’t just zip in and out of the voting place if you can help it. Try to make going to the polls an event for the whole family. Take your kids with you when you vote and teach them that what you’re doing is an important part of being an American citizen. I remember my mom taking me to the polls, and I’ve alternated taking my boys since they were very young. It’s an opportunity to explain to kids how fortunate we are to live in a country where we get to elect our leaders, and to teach them a bit about the electorate. And if they’re old enough, ask them who they’d vote for, and why. Always an interesting discussion!

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