I mentioned last Saturday that I was going to focus on one Fishful Thinking ingredient each month between now and June. February is Optimism month. I thought I’d post a little overview of what optimism is and why it’s important (as parents especially) to focus on this great value!
From FishfulThinking.com, I found a list of Optimism Facts:
- Optimism is a skill that all children can learn.
- Optimism helps children solve problems, set goals, build confidence and find ways around obstacles.
- The more Optimism is practiced the easier it becomes.
- Optimism leads to greater happiness and well-being.
- Parents and teachers can help children learn the skills of Optimism.
- Children who are Optimistic:
- Have greater motivation, greater resilience, more positive moods, higher achievement and a greater sense of control
- Perform better in school
- Have better overall physical health
- Have better relationships.
- Children who are pessimistic may:
- Be more likely to become depressed
- Be more likely to experience anxiety
- Be underachievers
- Not do as well in school
- Be at higher risk for a variety of other negative outcomes.
Source: Reivich, K., J.E. Gillham, T.M. Chaplin, & M.E.P. Seligman, from “Helplessness to Optimism: The Role of Resilience in Treating and Preventing Depression in Youth” (2005) in S. Goldstein & R.B. Brooks (Eds.), Handbook of Resilience in Children (pp 223-237). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
This week I plan on focusing on the Optimism activity “Inspire an Attitude of Gratitude.”
By the way, this Tuesday, February 2, 9-11 p.m. EST (8CT, 7 MT, & 6 PT) please join me, Dr. Karen Reivich, Mom it Forward, and many others at the Fishful Thinking twitter party. Details (including RSVP and prizes and a guest post from me!) can be found on Momitforward.com. Hope to see you there!
PS–today is Twizzler’s 9th birthday! I’ll be back soon with birthday pictures!
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