#EmpoweringKids: Step 7

“#Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching…” This verse by Susanna Clark and Richard Leigh is a good adage to live by. An article by betterhealth.vic.gov.au entitled, Dance – health benefits  lists the following benefits of dancing for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes: improved condition of your heart and lungs, increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness, increased aerobic fitness, improved muscle tone and strength, weight management, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis, better coordination, agility and flexibility, improved balance and spatial awareness, increased physical confidence improved mental functioning, improved general and psychological well being, greater self-confidence, self-esteem, and better social skills.

“More U.S. adolescents and young adults in the late 2010s, versus the mid-2000s, experienced serious psychological distress, major depression or suicidal thoughts, and more attempted suicide,” said lead author #Jean Twenge, PhD, author of the book “#iGen” and professor of psychology at San Diego State University. “These trends are weak or non-existent among adults 26 years and over, suggesting a generational shift in mood disorders instead of an overall increase across all ages.”

As parents, you do your child a disservice in life by not teaching them and exposing them to preventive, supportive, self-help methods to regulate their minds and emotions. As such, dancing has been used since the beginning of time to improve one’s emotions, financial, mental, spiritual and psychological well-being. Drought-stricken Native Americans would dance non-stop until it rained. Many slaves and African-Americans were able to withstand and overcome the brutality of slavery by dancing to an unknown God called Jehovah-Jireh. Many Jewish holocaust victims acquired hope as well by dancing during their wretched captivity. Some were granted another day of life and eventual freedom by their Nazi oppressors.  

It’s extremely hard to be depressed when you are dancing and listening to lively music. Teaching your kids to dance in every season of their life empowers them physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Dancing stirs up happy thoughts and memories of better times. It reminds you of the good things in life.  It also improves and entertains the emotions and well-being of onlookers.

In summary, one of the greatest gifts that you can give your kids is to teach them how to dance through the adversities of life that will inevitably come to every person and nationality—rich or poor, male or female, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or atheist.

You are loved, capable, intelligent, beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving father. #God’s will is that you and your children have an abundant, healthy and fulfilled life. Please show your support of this post by liking, commenting, following me, and brightening someone’s day by sharing it with them.

You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11 AMP

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