Sure there are the late-night feedings, the early-morning hockey practices, and all kinds of stress — but new research suggests that parents are still happier than childless couples.
A forthcoming paper from psychologists at the University of British Columbia, Stanford, and the University of California suggests parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning than non-parents and parents derive more joy from child care than other daily tasks.
As someone who waited until later in life to have children, I can attest that adding children into our family has enriched our lives immeasurably. In their dependence on us, we have discovered a deeper purpose and sense of responsibility. While we were certainly happy in our childless marital state, that happiness has expanded and become more meaningful with the addition of our little ones. As it’s been said, having children is the hardest job you’ll ever love.
How about you? Do you agree or disagree with the results of the study?