Gross National Happiness

Do Children = Happiness?

Every parent knows that having children can add a few stresses and strains to life, but according to a new book by a leading American academic, parents are much more likely to be happy overall than non-parents.

It seems unlikely when you consider the stats: when parents were asked to name the things that they enjoyed, they rated eating, cooking, shopping, exercising, praying and watching TV more fun than spending time with their kids!

But, in Gross National Happiness, Arthur Brooks argues that even though your little ones can be stressful and irksome, they lend meaning to life in the long term. He also points out that the kind of people who are happy are also more likely to have children.

Find out more when Gross National Happiness hits the shops on 3rd May.

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