One in ten Spanish children confess not to be happy

The happiness It is a state that everyone hopes to achieve. Whether adults or children, there is no person who does not aspire to feel this way. But how many of them reach it? How do the youngest members of the household feel in this regard? On this subject speaks the II Imaginarium Study on Happiness and Childhood where the impressions that children have about their feelings are collected.

A total of 4,713 responses have been taken into account in this study where parents' impressions about the happiness of their children where they have taken into account social and family relationships, the time they spend with their children and the hours spent playing and exploring the world together.

More age, less happiness

The results of this study indicate that the 9,6% of parents believes that their children are not happy although they have a large number of facilities and facilities. As children grow, the feeling of unhappiness grows, for example, in the population between 5 and 8 years this percentage is 15.56% and remains at 22.6% to reach adolescence.

Ana Saro, clinical psychologist and member of the Committee of Experts of Imaginarium, explains that this is the natural evolution of the children. As children grow older, the challenges they face are also greater, especially in the aspect of socializing with peers. Something that although it is fundamental in their lives, it becomes very difficult in young people provoking a feeling of not fitting in with the rest.

And to what extent does the happiness of your children interest your parents? The answer is enough. In fact for a 85,74% Of the cases this point represents one of the main concerns for the respondents. Another example is that 53.43% of the participants state that one of their main objectives is to ensure that the little ones feel loved and valued in the family and school environment.

It also highlights that one of the main worries of parents not being able to spend enough time with their children, 28.28%, not being able to play enough with their children, 20.79%, or exercising a punishment for bad behavior, 18.57%. Other aspects that haunt the head of the elderly is not able to enjoy plans outside the home, 8.63% and, in a rather small percentage, not play with screens as much as they would like, 2.78, which shows how new technologies are They have expanded in homes.

The happiness seen by children

And how do the youngest see this state of mind? Just a 17,72% of the children is fully aware of how happy it is, on the other hand 55.67% of the children participating is recognized as such, but admits having problems to manifest it. These numbers contrast with the 18.47% who have the ability to discern and express their situation and with 14.82% of children who are only aware if their situation is explained rationally.

Sonia Pérez, head of pedagogical content and member of the Committee of Experts expresses that it is "fundamental that children learn to identify and express their emotions." This can be achieved through the game as well as a correct socialization, achieving a greater sense of happiness and well-being in children ".

Damián Montero

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