Most men run for the hills when it is time to have a baby. Fatherhood is a culmination of freedom, and beginning of monotonous-stressful life. But science has proven that being a dad actually improves you physically and mentally. If you are still an unbeliever, check out these studies. If you are already converted here are interesting reasons to pump up the celebrations this Father’s Day.
1) Dads have low stress levels:
Generally we believe that having a child is stressful, but a dad who is selfless increases his self-worth. This act results in happiness and releases endorphins which in turn reduces stress levels. Also a happy relationship improves sleep patterns and improves digestion.
2) Parenthood inspires you to ditch bad habits:
Being a dad makes you want to quit bad habits. From the time the wife is pregnant; you avoid smoking and reduce the consumption and temptation of having a swig of beer. Fatherhood makes a man mature. According to Linda Waite, co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially (Broadway Books, 2001) says, “The simple fact that they have a family to come home to compels them to behave more responsibly.”
3) Dads make healthy food choices:
Before the baby, couple generally paid less attention to what they consumed. Burgers, French fries and pizzas were comfort foods. With the baby, one tends to select healthier ingredients at the grocery store. A home-cooked meal sounds better that fast food especially when lifestyle diseases are lurking at every corner. Plus it is an added bonus for children to cultivate healthy eating habits.
4) An involved father improves the child’s cognitive skills:
A study conducted in 2001 concluded that a ‘father’s involvement affects infant cognitive development in two specific areas—babbling (defined as ‘communication through diverse nonverbal sounds and gestures’) and exploring objects with purpose (defined as ‘children’s purposeful exploration of objects’).’
5) Lowers the risk of depression:
Unmarried men are more likely to go into depression. Having a child or children around you always keeps your mind occupied. Even in old age, having someone around keeps you happy and lowers the problems associated with isolation.
Being a dad is a big step, makes you feel powerful but it brings with it great responsibility. Being a superdad makes you stronger and improves the well-being of your child too.