04 Apr 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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