This post was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.
Maybe you consider this common knowledge, but many people are actually completely oblivious to how beneficial optimism can be to their lives as parents. Optimism places you in a mental state of hope and positive anticipation. It allows you to look forward to life with rose-tinted glasses, and this will promote love and hope in your home as well.
Growing kids need a positive environment, and optimism contributes to that in so many ways. Check out this list of eight ways optimism improves your parenting.
It Makes Your Home Happier
Optimism brings you a certain happiness that nothing else can. Is it really a surprise to know that being in a constant state of hope can make you happier? And, of course, this happiness extends to your children and your entire household.
As a parent, your kids are naturally affected by your mood, so if you are constantly happy, it will run off on them with time. An optimistic parent creates a home filled with joy and laughter for their children.
Optimism Helps You Be Healthier and Live Longer
It has been reported that optimists live longer than regular people and a lot longer than pessimists. Studies have shown that optimists also live healthier lives. Every parent’s dream is to be there for their children till they don’t need them anymore.
Being optimistic would keep you around longer so you can care for your children for years to come. Some studies have also shown that optimists are less likely to be involved in accidents because they take precautions to be safe.
It Reduces Stress and Frustration
Being a parent is arguably one of the most frustrating and stressful things anyone can ever choose to do. Thankfully, optimism is a great way to reduce that frustration and relieve your stress. It calms your spirit and helps you deal with the daily frustrations of parenthood. With reduced frustration, you will be in a better state of mind to raise your children.
Improves Work Productivity
Optimism makes you more motivated, which leads to better work performance and increased productivity. It helps you increase your earnings and be promoted at work. An increase in your income will provide you with enough money to give your children the life you want for them.
But as a pessimist, your work life will suffer greatly. It would leave you constantly frustrated at work and reduce your work productivity until you can no longer work. Getting fired certainly wouldn’t help you provide the life you want your kids to live.
It Helps You Manage Your Emotions Better
Nothing is more important than keeping your emotions in check. Not just as a parent but as an adult. One of the true tests of maturity is how well you can manage your emotions in situations that provoke you negatively. This sets an amazing example for your kids, and it also helps their everyday lives because it prevents you from offloading any pent-up anger. Visit https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/optimism/ to read more about the mental health benefits of being optimistic.
It Teaches Your Kids How to Be Positive
Optimistic parents will pass on the same attitude to their children with time. And it will teach them to be positive even in situations that are not great. Watching you handle situations of intense stress or frustration with an optimistic approach will teach your kids that there are better ways to handle tough situations. You will inadvertently be preparing them for future struggles. It will also prepare them for failure and help them handle it better.
It Helps Develop Patience
Being patient will help you treat your kids better and be more patient with them. Optimistic parents are known to be more forgiving and understanding. As a parent, it is of the utmost importance that your children see you as a safe place to come to in their time of need.
Showing them a side of you that is patient and understanding will let them know that no matter what they come to you with, you will always have their backs. This makes your children feel more secure.
It Improves Your Tolerance
Optimistic people are a lot more tolerant. They are less irritated because they are constantly hopeful about what the future may bring. They exude good vibes, and people naturally gravitate toward them. Having a high tolerance level is the basis of any parenting relationship. We all know how frustrating kids can be. But being optimistic will help increase your tolerance level and make you an overall better parent.
To Wrap Things Up
As a parent, it is important you set the right example for your kids and also make their environment as positive and loving as possible. Optimism helps you create a better environment for your children. It teaches them the right values and puts you in the right frame of mind to raise them with all the love and care they desire.