No. FirstView Articles

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Research shows that children’s views and experiences are usually overlooked in discussions related to their own happiness and wellbeing. In fact, the largest international study to date on children’s wellbeing only included children aged 8-12. A review of reviews further reveals that no previous studies have focused on exploring factors that make children aged 3-7 happy. This research addresses this gap in the literature by conducting the first systematic review of international studies exploring young children's perspectives on happiness. The EPPI-Centre framework guided this systematic review of international research published covering almost a decade of research (2015-2024). This comprehensive approach aimed to provide an overview of the current research landscape to inform future research and policy decisions. Out of 2594 papers arguing to listen to children, only five focused on exploring children’s happiness and wellbeing from an interpretivist perspective. Results showed that there are studies listening to children’s voices, however, very limited studies genuinely explore what makes children happy. Factors contributing to children’s happiness and wellbeing include spending time with loved ones, receiving praise, achieving goals and engaging in sociodramatic play. Negative factors include feeling ignored, limited interaction with peers/friends and forced activities. Methodological limitations identified include unclear sample selection, regional bias, subjective data interpretation, and pre-determined prompts influencing children's responses. The findings can inform future research directions and policy decisions aimed at promoting children's happiness and well-being in schools. As such, this paper provides a unique insight and makes an original and significant contribution to the field.

Self-compassion enhances ıntuitive eating patterns in middle-aged adults

Krista Irmischer, Marina I. Cans, Jolanta Burke, Annette Sweeney

Journal of Happiness and Health, No. FirstView Articles, 10 October 2024, Page 63-70

Over time, humans have experienced varied and shifting relationships with food in both negative and positive ways. Mostly negative results have emerged from restrictive diets, while approaches to food that include more self-trust indicated healthier impacts. The current study focused on the positive approach to eating and addressed a relationship between intuitive eating and dimensions of self-compassion and wellbeing.  Data were collected using an online survey, which assessed demographics, BMI, self-compassion, intuitive eating, and wellbeing. A cohort of 234 participants, comprising both men and women, predominantly women aged 36-65, responded to the survey. Within this group, a subset of 148 participants provided supplementary information regarding their weight and height. Regression analysis showed that after controlling for wellbeing, 24% of the variance in intuitive eating was explained by self-compassion. Specifically, the self-compassion components that best predicted intuitive eating were reduced self-judgement and increased common humanity. No correlation was observed between self-compassion and BMI, age and gender. Contrary to previous research, a positive correlation between BMI and intuitive eating was observed. Further research is needed to study the relationship among IE, BMI, and dietary quality, along with investigating the connection between IE and varying physiological responses according to BMI status, age and gender. The results are discussed in the context of policy and practice.