For the last 70 years, researchers have been following the lives of 70,000 children in order to find out what parenting skills has made them successful and happy.
Known as the British cohort studies, research began after the second world war in 1946, experts looked at multiple generations over a long period of time to see how they were doing physically, with their health and education to find out what made them happy.
So, how does parenting impact happiness? Find out below…
The secret to raising successful and happy children
Helen Pearson, the study author, shared in a TED talk about what she found from the study.
It seems social economic background plays a part, those who are brought up in an advantageous environment tend to do better. But that’s not set in stone. Experts also studied people who have flourished despite coming from poor backgrounds.
“Parenting matters,” Pearson says.
Scientists believe how you interact with your kids will help them thrive later on in life.
7 parenting traits that experts believe help your children be successful and happy:
- Talk and listen to your kids
- Make it clear you have ambitions for their future
- Teaching them numbers and letters
- Taking them on excursions
- Having a regular bedtime
- Reading to them daily
- Being emotionally warm
This stuff doesn’t seem like rocket science, but what Pearson stresses is that in a hectic and busy world, sometimes parents overlook quality time for countless activities.
Quality time can be as simple as just quiet moments or listening to your kid.
Just 10-15 minutes really talking to your kids each day can have a really positive impact on them.
Other studies, such as the Harvard Grant study support the findings in this study. 268 Harvard students were examined for 70 years to figure out the keys to health and happiness.
Since then, their offspring, as well as Boston inner-city residents have also been looked studied as part of the Glueck Study.
It turns out, close relationships with their parents, siblings, friends and partners are the real key to people leading happy and successful lives.
“The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study.
“Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”
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