Science says happy kids tend to have these 7 traits in common

Science says happy kids tend to have these 7 traits in common


Raising kids is hard, and anyone who pretends to have all the answers is fooling you (and probably themselves too).

Many of the most important factors in a child’s happiness and success are outside of parents’ control, and there’s still a lot researchers disagree on or don’t understand about why kids develop the ways they do.

But there are some things that the literature broadly agrees make a difference in kids’ lives, even though kids who don’t check off these boxes are hardly doomed. (There are, of course, many routes to happiness.)

Some of the qualities we’ve summed up here may seem obvious, others not so much. But for parents, they’re all probably worth thinking about — while still taking them with an appropriate grain of salt.

Keep scrolling to see the seven traits that happy kids tend to have in common.

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1. They’re socially engaged

Social psychologists assumed for a long time that kids with positive attitudes were more socially engaged.

In 2011, a study of preschoolers confirmed the idea, measuring how children related to their happy- and unhappy-seeming peers. Happy kids, the evidence shows, get an early head-start with social engagement.

Source: The Journal of Positive Psychology

2. They’re physically active, and their parents are too

Physically active, healthy people tend to be happier at any age, and the kids most likely to get out and engage in physical activity tend to have physically active parents. A study found a direct relationship between sedentary parents and sedentary kids.

Sources: BMC Public Health, Current Opinion in Psychiatry

3. They don’t watch as much TV

Research into the health and lives of low-income kids found a few factors that strongly influence obesity, which in turn can impact happiness. The most important factor researchers found was the availability of TV and time spent watching it.

Source: JAMA Pediatrics

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