Attention all parents: this is THE ONE THING to do if you want your children to be happy

Attention all parents: this is THE ONE THING to do if you want your children to be happy

via Inc.com by Minda Zetlin

If you’re a parent, you worry about your children’s future. Will they be successful? Will they have good marriages and raise families of their own? Most important of all: Will they have happy lives?

New research from Harvard shows there’s one thing you can do that will up your children’s chances of having a happy life, decades after they go off on their own, and it’s incredibly simple: Be a warm, loving parent.

The Harvard researchers came to this conclusion from an examination of data from the¬†Midlife in the United States¬†study, which examined about 4,000 people in midlife (median age: 47 years, five months) and interviewed them on all sorts of topics. The Harvard team analyzed the data and found a distinct correlation between people who described having warm and loving parents, and people who were doing well in a variety of life areas, collectively known as “flourishing.” The concept of flourishing, developed as part of positive psychology, seeks to measure a person’s well-being. The study’s authors reference this description: “a combination of feeling good and functioning effectively, and the experience that life is going well.”

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