As a parent, you’re always concerned about the health of your child. Most times we’re concerned as we sit on the edge of our seats as they scale the tallest ladder at the playground – concerned about their physical health and well-being.
What we don’t always consider is their mental health as well.
Self-respect, courtesy, confidence, a positive attitude; these are all psychological states of mind that need to be taught and that have significant effects on our children’s mental state as they grow into adults.
Studies have been conducted to learn the effects and connections of our mental state on our physical health, and it’s pretty clear that having a positive attitude has some good health benefits.
A study in Denmark looked at 607 adult patients in a hospital and found that patients whose moods were overall more positive were 58 percent more likely to live at least another five years. These people exercised more, too.1
Another study has found that activation in brain areas associated with negative emotions led to a weaker immune response to a flu vaccine . . . People who were optimistic about a specific and important part of their lives exhibited a stronger immune response.2
It’s also been theorized that those who have a positive attitude live healthier lives, exercising more, eating healthier and reducing risk for health conditions like heart disease, depression and other cardiovascular diseases.
Now is the time to help children establish a healthy outlook on life and a positive attitude. Life will happen. Unexpected, stressful situations will occur, but having the foundation of a positive attitude can immensely help children cope with these unexpected events, reducing stress-related health concerns.
It’s easier to start with a positive foundation than to change a negative one.
TKD Tip: Finding the humor in a situation can help lessen stress and turn a bad or negative attitude around pretty quickly. Find some fun (and appropriate) jokes for your child to memorize to recite in stressful situations.
Parent/Child Activity: Research techniques online with your child on ways they can practice a positive attitude and optimism. Have them pick the ones they feel most comfortable practicing and have them apply to situations to start building a positive attitude.