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Time Affluence for Children - a Cure for Affluenza

By Yvette Vignando - 21st June 2011

Preparing for this segment on The Morning Show, I looked up one of my favourite researchers and writers on happiness, Tal Ben Shahar. Ben Shahar has many strings to his bow including teaching Positive Psychology at Harvard and author of best selling books Happier and Being Happy.

This segment was about whether kids are taking luxuries for granted and whether parents are giving children too much 'these days'. The two things I really wanted to emphasise from this segment are:

  • teaching our children about the value of time with people they love and care about
  • teaching our children about gratitude; appreciating the privileges they have, no matter how small or large.

Tal Ben Shahar and his colleagues frequently cite the single biggest predictor of happiness as "Time Affluence" - this is having time to do things that are important to you and meaningful for you, and especially spending time with important people in your life. So I think one of the antidotes to so-called 'affluenza' is making sure we do spend joyful and dedicated time with our children  - and also giving our children plenty of opportunities to spend time with people important to them: grandparents, friends and mentors. And of course, reminding ourselves and our children how much we have to be grateful for in our lives

See this article also: 6 ParentTips - Building Happiness in Children's Lives

And here's a link to a quick video of Tal Ben Shahar talking about 5 Ways to Become Happier. Perhaps as parents we could incorporate more of this into our time with our children.

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