09 Jan And more on kids’ happiness…
The happiness of our children is of much interest to me as a parent, as a professional who’s spending much of his time at the moment consulting to schools about applying the principles of positive psychology AND as a writer who’s next book focuses on positive parenting (and raising happy children).
Accordingly, it is with much pleasure that I bring you another article summarising some recent research investigating the relationship between children’s happiness and spiritual beliefs.
To make children happier, we may need to encourage them to develop a strong sense of personal worth, according to Dr. Mark Holder from the University of British Columbia in Canada and his colleagues Dr. Ben Coleman and Judi Wallace. Their research1 shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships – both measures of spirituality – are happier. It would appear, however, that their religious practices have little effect on their happiness. These findings have been published in the online edition of Springer’s Journal of Happiness Studies.
To read more about spirituality and happiness in children – click here