Upside of parenting

Author Emma Seppala breaks down the emotional and physical benefits to being a parent.
2:06 | 07/08/17

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??? Okay, time for the "Weekend download" today reminding ourselves about the up side of parenting. There is an upside and joining us is Emma Seppala, ph.d. Author of "The happiness track." Good morning. We have 2-year-old, easy to identify what the downsides are. You say parenting can make you much happier. Absolutely. For one it teaches to you let go. You make planks and tngs change in an instant and a nap gets missed. A cold happening in the family and all your plans are changed and teaches you to stop sweating the small stuff and let go of things that are not important. Your child's health is more important than your car stereo not working. It boosts your health. Research shows that parenting actually lowers your mroop and parents are 50% less likely to get a cold. This is what the data show. Interesting. The other thing that parents deal with is fomo. Fear of missing out. All their single friends on Instagram or Facebook taking vacations. You may have less freedom than you did before, however, what you do gain is invaluable. You gain a sense of purpose and meaning. All of a sudden your life is about something so much bigger than yourself and that has tremendous impact on your personal happiness and fulfillment throughout your life and impacts your cardiovascular health as well as your longevity. I've felt that if in terms of 9 increasing meaning. You hear I have this creature living in my house until 18. It feels like it will last forever. On the one hand it can feel like it's lasting foreverment on the other you see them developing so fast and you realize time is flying and they'll be a -- from tot to teens in a very short amount of time and appreciateaches you to appreciate it and live in the present. Speed is the big challenge. I want to cryogenically freeze my little boy but thank you very much. Great tips. If you want to hear much more of my conversation, check out the 10% happier podcast available on apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcast. We'

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