Core Components of Happiness
When asked what they want for their child, parents often share with me that they simply wish for their son or daughter to be happy. Conceptually, this makes a lot of sense not only because it brings us joy to see those we love experience positive emotions, but also because of the additional benefits of having happy kids. Research demonstrates that youth with the combination of 1) more frequent positive emotions, 2) less frequent negative emotions, and 3) greater satisfaction with life (the three core components of happiness) also:
Have better physical health
Demonstrate fewer symptoms of mental problems like anxiety and depression
Have better social relationships
Earn better grades
Have more positive attitudes towards school and learning
Fortunately, with the rise of the positive psychology movement in the past few decades, psychologists have shed light on key contributors to happiness. If you’re looking to boost your child’s longterm happiness you may find the information and resources below to be helpful.