April 13, 2009

I was reading another blog that linked to several interesting articles. Daniel Gilbertwrites parents trick themselves into thinking children make them happy. Dr Nattavudh Powdthavee Says social scientists find almost NO correlation between having children and happiness. Scott Stanley says marital happiness declines when a couple has their first child.

Interesting correlations.



  1. Cheery stuff for a Monday. 😉 And I disagree, but your social scientists would say I’m deluding myself.

  2. Makes you wonder why Mom & Dad don’t hate us now. 🙂

  3. Upon further reflection, I think parenthood just makes the highs higher and lows lower. My kid is spending this week in Las Vegas for spring break (visiting grandma) and while I’m enjoying a little break, I also miss her.

  4. Anything outside of self cannot cause happiness, and children are no exception. In fact, if one or one’s situation is not satisfying to begin with, children are a recipe for disaster, not happiness.

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