Does Having Children Make You Happier?
The joy and happiness that comes with children has been a subject of discussion and research even in institutions of higher learning. One would think that it is obvious that when a young couple gets a child they automatically become happier.
Societal norms and believes tend to make young couples feel incomplete if they do not have children. Historically, women who did not have children in their lifetime were looked down upon..
Babies are adorable and just the thought of having them should be happiness in itself. However, this is not the case. Children come with parenting responsibilities that only a few people have wholeheartedly accepted.
Recent statistic has shown that childless couples are the ones who are happier and satisfied compared to those who have children. This is an observation that has elicited sharp reactions from a lot of parents.
The argument of the research was emphasized by the fact that many couples who claimed to have become happier after getting children complained a lot about the same kids. Most of them appear to be stressed up and even deprived of sleep because of the responsibilities that come with parenthood.
I have met many parents who have confessed that having children is the best thing that ever happened to their lives.
To them, just a single moment of cuddling your own baby or hugging your kids after a long day at work has more worth than the sleepless nights and other responsibilities that come with parenthood.
They talk of great times that they have had with their children and how they will cherish them all their lives. In fact, the thought of losing a child is usually unbearable to any parent. This is a good indicator of the strong bond that parents develop with their young ones.
This is an aspect that proves beyond doubt that there is some level of happiness that children bring into our lives.
Happiness has always been considered to be a choice that is independent of the circumstances that surround us.
This makes the matter even more sophisticated.
Probably the statisticians should ask more specific questions so as to be able to come up with authentic data. The truth of the matter is that couples who don’t have kids have less responsibilities and probably more time to have fun and be happy.
On the other hand those who have children have moments that they have had with their children that probably meant the whole world to them.