With what seemed to be about 3 Mother’s Days this year already, it’s about time we got to the Fathers.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
– Sigmund Freud
Fatherhood is full of responsibilities and hard decisions, and sometimes it may seem that taking care of your children is ultimately wearing you down. But, in fact, being a father is one of the healthiest professions on the planet.
Fathers out there will probably think this is crazy, especially those fathers who are currently dealing with teenagers. But it’s true. Fatherhood is good for your health. If you were to sit down and look at all of the health decisions you have made since you became a father, you would be amazed as to how many positive steps you have taken towards a healthier lifestyle.
First, statistics show that men who smoke have a higher rate of quitting when they become fathers. Also, if you grew up not being physically active, once you have a child, you have no choice but to move in order to keep up with them. And sometimes, this can inspire men to actually start doing some exercise.
Then there are changes in diet. Gone are the days of Chinese takeout at 11 p.m. or cold pizza on a Sunday morning. Being a father means you have to provide healthy food for your child, and there’s no better way to get them to eat well than to lead by example. Fathers tend to go to church more, even if for nothing more than to protect and pray for their family.
But most importantly, the greatest health benefit of all comes from the love that you feel when you see what your children can accomplish. And the unconditional love that they have for you, that love helps you to forget the ugliness in this world. It will improve your mind and your outlook for the future.
Fatherhood is a privilege that should not be squandered. And on this Father’s Day, congratulations to all the fathers who take their job seriously.
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