Top 10 Benefits of Becoming a Father

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Regardless of how many years you've been a dad, there is an abundant amount of opportunities to be a better father. By learning to embrace the opportunity, you can create a good influence on your children, for example. The benefits of being a dad cross into several realms—emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. For many, marriage and family living are a pathway to ideal manhood.

By being a better father, you can become a better man. Although some men who are dads can often feel tired, discouraged, and overworked, others are energized, inspired, and strong. In fact, there are studies that show how fatherhood helps men with health, activity, and job satisfaction—lowering the risk of depression.

Whether you're juggling with the idea of becoming a father or want some validation about your choice, you can learn about the personal benefits of being a dad that make it all worth it in the end.

Personal Health Improves

Research shows that the structure that comes into a man's life because of fatherhood helps him make better choices. According to Parents Magazine, fathers tend to lose bad habits like smoking and start to choose home-cooked meals over fast food.

Having a family to come home to and be responsible for has been shown to help fathers choose a healthier lifestyle.

Activity Level Increases

Routines like getting up at night, playing with the kids, and walking to the park make dads more active and feeling better about themselves. The Pew Research Center discovered that 54% of dads appreciate the benefits of parenthood.

Stress-Related Ailments Are Reduced

The National Institute of Mental Health found that men who are in healthy family relationships are less likely to have stress-related health problems. Issues like chronic pain, insomnia, stomach problems, and fatigue are less problematic for stable fathers than for other male subsets of the population.

Ability to Nurture Develops

So often, we see boys and young men being self-focused and self-absorbed. Fortunately, the Minnesota Fatherhood Initiative found that men who succeeded as fathers became less inward-focused and developed a greater ability to nurture and care for others. They did this not just for their children, but for their spouses, friends, and coworkers.

Risk for Clinical Depression Lowers

Men who live alone have a much higher risk of depression and suicide than married men with children. Research from the Harvard Men's Health Watch showed in a survey of 127,545 American adults that men who were married were healthier than those who were unmarried, divorced, or widowed.

Job Satisfaction Progresses

Committed fathers feel comfortable in their occupation and believe that they perform well at work. This happens more often than men who are not fathers. According to the New York Times, fathers who like their job often show more support for the child's autonomy and have a better relationship with them.

Coping Skills Advance

Men who are fathers tend to have better-coping skills with stress in all areas of life, not just at home. The Institute for Public Policy Research revealed that fathers who have good relationships with their kids had an overall increase in psychological well-being. 

Children Learn Better

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study found that children of responsible and involved fathers learned life skills faster and better than children without an involved father in their lives. A study of children in Barbados born to adolescent mothers also found that children with an involved father had much better grades than other children.

Sex Gets Better

Fathers married to their children's mother have more and better sex than men in no such family relationship. This is because the bond between mother and father is often strengthened, and fathers tend to enjoy their partner's figure even more after she has given birth.

Personal Freedom Strengthens

Research shows that committed fathers are less likely to have encounters with the criminal justice system. They're also prone to fewer hospital admissions, fewer accidental and premature deaths, and a decreased risk of substance abuse.

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