Childhood link between activity and wellbeing

New research by the Children’s Society draws a clear link between activities such as reading,  music and sport and wellbeing in children. Weekly participation in music or painting was linked with higher wellbeing outcomes and the more children read outside school the higher they rated their wellbeing.

Accessing the internet, playing outside and parental health were also factors in increasing wellbeing. The income levels of parents was a key factor as were the ambitions of children; those aspiring to specific careers reported higher wellbeing than those whose ambition was to be rich or famous. The Children’s Society has produced guidance for parents to support their children’s wellbeing.