Keep the Mood Happy

Reducing behavior problems by keeping the mood happy is discussed in the book, “Help Is Here: When someone you love has dementia” by Marian Hodges MD, MPH and Anne Hill, JD.

Life will be easier for everyone if we can monitor and control our own mood to support someone else to stay in a happy mood.  “Happy people are easier to be around,” the book says.  And, it is easier to get them to do things that need to be done.  It suggests doing a fun activity to put the person in a good mood before doing an unpreferred activity.  Be mindful of the reality that they are coming from and don’t argue as that will ruin the happy mood that you worked on creating.  These strategies can work with almost anyone in our life and fit well with Positive Behavior Supports.



Hodges, MD, MPH, Marian O.

Hill, JD, Anne P.

(2014) Book. Portland, OR: Providence Health and Services- Oregon

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