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Most of us don’t decide to become mothers because it is going to make our lives easier, richer, or more productive. Maybe child-free couples have more money, time, freedom, and sleep, but kids can have a surprisingly positive impact on your health. Yes, having kids can make us healthier people, and I am not just talking about shunning calorie laden margaritas during pregnancy. So before you go and clean up that Macaroni-and-Cheese-and-Ketchup spill from last night take a break and smile at the ways your kids have made you a healthier person.

Here are 5 ways your kids can help keep you healthy from

1) Kids remind us to not take life too seriously. Stress is linked to heart related illnesses and death. Seeing your little ones run around with spaghetti glued to their hair and coming out of a bath seemingly muddier than they went in, makes us smile, laugh, and look at life through rosy glasses

2) Having children renews our sense of hope in the world. A child reminds us that there is good in the world and we are all born with a sense of possibility. With poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, and tragedy on the news every day, it is no wonder we become more pessimistic as we get older, but children give us an opportunity to believe in the world again. With carefree smiles and silly songs, who can’t help but think life may really be better if we all start the day singing good morning to each other?


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