Happiness: It's Not About Having Kids or Not

November 3, 2014 7:11 PM

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Happiness: It's Not About Having Kids or Not

I answered a reporter's query about whether couples with or without kids are happier. She thanked me for my insights and sighed. She'd already received an overwhelming response from parents eager to voice (read: vent) their opinions about how their having children has correlated directly with the downfall of their personal happiness index. Yet, she bemoaned, the 'child-less by choice' couples were hesitant to speak up on the topic.

I considered her grievance for a while, and thought of the 'kid-free by choice' couples I knew. Many came right out and declared their desire to travel the world untethered to domesticity. Others perpetually string interrogators along with a "we'll just have to wait and see what happens," kind of re...

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