Happiness is ... dinner with the family
The British government is now collecting stats on family meals for its happiness index.
Facebook makes you sad
Spending time with "real people" is more satisfactory than spending it on social media. Surprise.
Are married folks happier than those who cohabit?
The short answer, according to a recent study, is Yes, No, Maybe, and It depends.
How do American moms feel about working outside the home?
A survey of 1000 women by Forbes found that working moms are, in general, “an unhappy lot”.
Surprise - parenthood is associated with more joy than misery
The notion that parenthood brings happiness and fulfilment is self-evident to those of us who have partaken of healthy family life, but it’s still gratifying to receive validation from academia.
Irish women more satisfied with life than men
The OECD’s latest ‘Better Life Index’ shows that Irish women have a better overall quality of life than men when a range of different factors is taken into account.
How men contribute to Australian happiness
It’s happiness survey time again, with the publication of the OECD’s annual Better Life Index. And, for once, it’s not a Scandinavian country that comes out on top.
More time online = less happiness among girls
Girls who spend a lot of time using multimedia seem to be less happy and socially comfortable than peers who spend less time on screens, a study from Stanford University suggests.
Should we desire happiness for our children?
A British media personality has pricked the country’s happiness bubble by declaring that she does not want her kids to be “happy”.
Does raising kids decrease marital happiness?
In the last post on the new State of Our Unions (SOU) report from the National Marriage Project we read that “the benefits of generosity were particularly pronounced among couples with children.” Parents who were very generous with each other were more likely to be very happy as well. But there’s more. Generosity in having children is also part of the happiness equation.
Cheerful givers make a go of marriage
An item about generosity in marriage is getting some play on the New York Times Well blog today. Tara Parker- Pope reports on the 2011 State of Our Unions report just out from the National Marriage Project.
“Here comes baby, there goes the marriage”
How tedious has become the meme: don’t have children, it will ruin your life.
Britain takes a close look at family life
Not living with both natural parents has a greater negative impact on a young person's life satisfaction than their material situation.
Marry, be happier, live longer
A good, lasting marriage makes the spouses happier and healthier and increases their lifespan, compared with cohabitation. On average. That’s the net finding of a review of 148 studies in seven European countries, according to an editorial in the British Medical Journal.
Are new mothers happy?
Overall, my marital happiness didn’t decline; it changed—into something richer, fuller, certainly more challenging, but ultimately soul-expanding.
Who are the happiest kids in England?
Who are the happiest kids in England? Twelve-year-old boys who eat meals
with their families, according to a new survey of 32,000 youngsters.
Whatever does not kill us can make us stronger
With the Chilean copper miners who were trapped deep below ground for
more than two months providing an ongoing object lesson in coping with
adversity, the role of adverse experiences in our lives is of global
“My son is 30 and drifting ... ”
Is it possible to get to your late 30s and still not know what you want to do with your life?
‘You can’t be happier than your wife’
Happiness studies -- you can’t get away from them, and marital happiness
studies seem to be the flavour of the month. The latest shows that a
certain kind of happiness gap between spouses increases the likelihood
Having babies protects women from suicide
One of the topics that came up at the Barcelona conference on low fertility was the question of whether parenthood brings happiness to adults; the evidence so far seems uncertain. This week, however, there is solid evidence reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in favour of motherhood, if not fatherhood.
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Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@ mercatornet.com