Study Claims That Children Equal Happiness
According to a recent study by the University of Glasgow in Scotland, the more children a couple have, the happier they are. The catch? This only holds true for married couples. The same children and happiness correlation didn’t apply to single, co-habiting or separated parents. The study took into account not only marital status but gender, income, age, and education.
So what seemed to explain this difference? Dr. Luis Angeles, who headed the program had this to say:
“One is tempted to advance that children make people better off under the ‘right conditions’ — a time in life when people feel that they are ready, or at least willing, to enter parenthood…likely signal…may well be the act of marriage.”
That’s Not What I’ve Heard
This is the first study that challenges previous ones which concluded that having more children makes parents less happy, not more. However, the key with the distinction may well be the marital status of the parents. In other words, marriage is the signal that one is ready for commitment, not just to marriage, but to family life in general.
Other interesting findings is that the happiness correlation was markedly stronger with Moms. The parents also expressed that children were one of the most important thing in their lives.
So if you and your spouse want to improve your life satisfaction? Have kids, and don’t stop at one, or even two. 🙂