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The Importance of Kids’ Happiness

As caring parents, we want our children to be happy…

When they are upset, it can pull at our hearts.

When our children are feeling blue, having performed poorly when they tried so hard, or maybe they just had a fight with a best friend, we often go out of
our way to put smiles back on their faces.

We want to make things better. 

Sometimes parents can misinterpret their children’s momentary behavior as unhappiness.

Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., contributing author of The Growth of the Mind, says,
” You have to look beyond the giggles and the smiles. Life is a series of dichotomies. There is happiness and there is sadness. A happy, healthy child is one who is
capable of fully engaging in all the emotions, all the thoughts, and all the relationships of his age group.
Although they may feel bad at times, that does not make them unhappy children.”

Greenspan says in order to be happy, a child must be “… able to explore a full range of emotion, expression, and experience .”

According to Parents magazine, “.. .happy children share certain characteristics, including self-esteem, optimism, and a sense of control.

Martial arts can play an important role in helping children develop these traits.

Our KarateBuilt Martial Arts program can contribute to happy students in a way no other sport or activity can!

As your child (or you) flourishes in the KarateBuilt Martial Arts program, you’ll see the physical and mental skills he or she learns will become a part of daily life,
forever. To achieve this goal for all students, especially children, complete support from parents is necessary.

According to child experts, happy children are generally self-confident, optimistic, and high achievers. 

Martin Seligman, Ph.D. and President of the American Psychological Association asserts,

Children feel good because of what they are able to do — meet challenges, master skills, overcome failures. Happiness is just a marker, a barometer of their ability to do these things.

Children thrive on challenge. They should be encouraged to do their best and strive for the highest possible goal. In this way, they gain confidence that they can achieve things through their own efforts .”


KarateBuilt Staff and KarateBuilt Martial Arts have been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW!

KarateBuilt Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need–specialized for their age group–for school excellence and later success in life.

KarateBuilt Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get fit and stay in shape, or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or the day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 866-311-1032 for one of our nationwide locations. You can also visit our website at

About Dr. Greg Moody: Chief Master Moody is an eighth degree black belt and Chief Master instructor. He has a Ph.D. in Special Education from Arizona State University (along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – he actually is a rocket scientist). He’s been teaching martial arts for over 25 years and has owned eight martial arts schools in Arizona and California. Sr. Master Moody is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world.

The KarateBuilt Martial Arts Headquarters is in Cave Creek, Arizona at 29850 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 105, Cave Creek AZ 85331. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Master Laura Sanborn there directly at ‭(480) 575-8171‬. KarateBuilt Martial Arts serves Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley Arizona as well and Grand Rapids, MI.