Reciprocal Relationships Between Positive Childhood Experiences And Happiness
Good experiences can improve your mood in adulthood, offering you a much more balanced and balanced view of life.
As an adult, as we find ourselves going through different, trying life experiences, it’s common for negative ones to negatively impact our mood and health. As a child, though, things are different. If you’re a child, your experiences are all-positive and you tend to experience the good times without any negative ones. This can be a hard thing to hear for adults who’ve faced difficulties when younger.
But now, research by Indiana University suggests that you’re probably right to make the connection between positive experiences and better mood. In fact, research has shown that positive childhood experiences can mitigate the effects of negative ones.
Little Mental Clarity
The study involved a multi-ethnic sample of 1,446 children from five years old to 17 years old, who were interviewed by their parents every month and asked to describe their lives as young children. Research also showed how important the experiences these children had were for measuring any effects of emotional stress.
The result was that the amount of time an individual spent with an extremely stressful adult experience was linked to their mood levels into adulthood. On the other hand, how much time children spent with an extremely positive adult experience had no significant effect on their moods or health as an adult.
This study gives us a new understanding of how our memories and the experiences that shape us as children can shape us. And if we can prove that the experiences we associate with good feelings in childhood can have a lasting effect on our health, these memories could soon replace the sad childhood memories we’re often forced to endure.
All that Clarity
So let’s say you’re feeling unwell, or you’re suffering with some medical condition and don’t feel like going to the doctor. On the one hand, your memory of how happy your childhood was is probably going to be stronger than that of what you experienced as an adult.
But perhaps you’re at the same time frustrated with your lack of appreciation for all the good things you have going for you and how much better off you would be if you focused on these rather than the perceived negatives in your life. It’s all fairly confusing and emotional, and it makes it hard to know where to start on your solution.
But research has shown that in many cases these memories do make a positive difference. Because so many people experience negative childhood experiences, such as abuse or poverty, when they come to adulthood, they’re more likely to have depression or stress. This seems to explain why these experiences can have such long-lasting effects on our health and mood.
Good Childhood Experiences Could Cushion Adverse Ones
Because such a large part of our lives is determined by our memories, being able to translate them to make sense of our reality now may be a crucial factor in finding out what we need to do to improve our lives now.
Focusing on the positives has positive health impacts on our outlook and mood, making us more likely to prevent or stop unhealthy living patterns that can turn negative quickly. If we take care of ourselves the way we did when we were younger, the good-childhood habits we’ve picked up will carry over and give us the tools we need to do good things on behalf of others.
And in terms of survival, doing the right things in our early lives seems to have all the positive effects you could want.
This article was originally published at Ki.sei.