Hugs for Happiness

They say you can’t spoil a baby. Here’s some evidence to back up that notion. A new study suggests showing your baby affection now helps make him a happier adult. 

Researchers tracked 482 babies from age 8 months through their adulthood. They observed their development, and rated how much affection and attention their moms displayed.

The same babies were revisited years later as adults. The results? Those who were nurtured the most showed the lowest levels of anxiety, hostility and general distress.

“These findings suggest that early nurturing and warmth have long-lasting positive effects on mental health well into adulthood,” the report stated.

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One Response to Hugs for Happiness

  1. othermartha says:

    I remember attending a LaLeche conference with my 8 month old nursing daughter, roaming the various panel discussions throughout the day’s events. At one point another young mother tapped me on the shoulder and commented, “I’ve been attending the same groups as you have today and I keep noticing how often you kiss your baby!” I hadn’t realized I was doing that, but soon saw that every time I picked her up my natural movement was to kiss her on the cheek. So I kept on planting those adoring-mother kisses on her face throughout her life.

    That was 30 years ago. That baby girl has since become the most magnificent, well-adjusted, happy and healthy young woman a mother could possibly hope for. She is a triathlete who is about to do her first Ironman Triathlon in Miami Beach. She teaches personal fitness, has a full and well-balanced life and exudes joy to all those she encounters.

    I don’t think a mother can ever give too many hugs and kisses to a child. Hugs and kisses for the wins and the losses, the happy times and the sad ones as well. For the skinned knees and the bruised egos — it’s all the same when it comes from a mother’s love. I’m an old mother now, but to you young moms: You can never spoil your child with too much affection!

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