We all know that dealing with problems and difficult situations with a positive attitude it improves the possibilities of solving them, and makes us feel happier even in the face of adversity. Now, a study carried out in the University of Jacksonville, in the United States, has verified that also the small children, with only five years, are able to perceive that the people who think in positive are better, whereas the negative individuals are they feel worse, regardless of the situation, positive, negative or neutral, that they have to face.
The researchers, whose conclusions have been published in Journal Child Development, they selected 90 children between the ages of five and ten, who listened to six illustrated stories that told how two characters behaved in front of three different situations: one positive, one negative and another ambiguous. While one of them was optimistic in all cases, the other adopted a more pessimistic attitude. Later, they urged the children to describe and explain the characters' emotions, and they observed that the children were able to appreciate the difference perfectly, that is, they understood that optimistic thinking positively influences emotions, and pessimism, for on the contrary, the mood.
The optimism and hope of their parents help the child learn to recognize the benefits that positive thinking can bring
Research has also revealed how important is the positive attitude of parents in the happiness, present and future, of their children. As Christi Bamford, a psychologist at Jacksonville University, points out, and one of the authors of the study, the optimism and hope of her parents help the child learn to recognize the benefits that positive thinking can bring. The specialist explains that the children of mohinos, who are not able to get excited about anything, tend to adopt the same attitude towards life, especially if they are not lucky enough to be influenced by other people around them who are more optimistic. In this sense, he adds that parents have the possibility of influencing their children a lot, especially when they are between five and twelve years old, and that they should take advantage of this circumstance to help children to be happier even when they have to go through difficult situations.
And it is that the positivity of the parents teaches the child to trust in himself, enhances his best qualities, and makes him see that the problems, even if they are a negative experience, can be solved; whereas negativity and pessimism produce the opposite effect, they make the child insecure and distrustful, and their self-esteem diminishes.
There are other factors that also influence the child's attitude, and that have nothing to do with the parents' way of being, such as their experiences in school and with other family members or friends, the cultural level of their environment, or the context social and economic, among others, that will also shape their behavior. Therefore, specialists explain that in the case of children with negative thoughts, which harm their social relationships and school performance, cognitive-behavioral therapies are used that are based on trying to remove those negative thoughts, replacing them with positive ones , or distracting the patient with exercises that help him to value the good of his life (his family and friends) to relegate the harmful ideas.