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Childrens' Health Enhanced by More than Fruit and Vegetables

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/11/childrens-health-enhanced-by-more-than-fruit-and-vegetables">Childrens&#039; Health Enhanced by More than Fruit and Vegetables</a>

In an article published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, it was concluded that happiness prolongs the life of healthy people and may even protect against us falling ill. Scientists have known for some time that stress can have a negative effect on our immune systems. Probably I am slightly more paranoid that the average parent but I often think about my kids’ health throughout the day – have they brushed their teeth, did they have enough vegetables at dinner, why aren’t they eating lunch at school, did they do enough physical exercise this week? Read full article

The Optimistic Child

<a href="/parenting-resources/depression-and-bipolar/the-optimistic-child">The Optimistic Child</a>

Book: The Optimistic Child by Martin Seligman.This book shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism These skills can help them combat depression and achieve more academically, in sports and improve their physical health. Read full article

Raising an Optimistic Child

<a href="/articles/raising-an-optimistic-child">Raising an Optimistic Child</a>

Margie Sheedy writes about the very important skill of optimistic thinking for children. Teaching your child about responding to adversity and identifying their strengths is part of the process. Read some tips on helping your child to have an optimistic outlook. Read full article

Emotion Management - Emotional Control

<a href="/articles/emotion-management-emotional-control">Emotion Management - Emotional Control</a>

Teaching children how to keep focus and manage their emotional reactions is a skill that will help them in the playground and the classroom. Children with an ability to manage their reactions to a feeling are less likely to harm others and are more likely to be popular with their peers. Read full article

What is Optimism? A Quick Guide for Parents.

<a href="/articles/what-is-optimism-a-quick-guide-for-parents">What is Optimism? A Quick Guide for Parents.</a>

Optimism describes a habit of thinking. A child who thinks that bad events are caused by temporary things (such as their mood) and that good events are caused by permanent things (such as being someone who always works hard) has an optimistic way of thinking. In his brilliant book, The Optimistic Child, Dr Martin Seligman gives several examples of this way of thinking. Read full article