Further to my two posts last year examining the unexpected and highly counterintuitive effects that parenthood has on parents’ personal happiness (as well as Bill Hicks’ wonderful take on matters!), my Confirmation Bias is satisfied yet further by a recently published study from the Open University on the effect that having children has on relationships:
Couples without children have happier marriages, according to one of the biggest studies ever of relationships in Britain.
Childless men and women are more satisfied with their relationships and more likely to feel valued by their partner, the research project by the Open University found.
The study, involving interviews and surveys with more than 5,000 people of all ages, statuses and sexual orientations over a two-year period, will be presented at the British Library this week.
The ellipse in the above paragraph contains one slightly inconvenient truth to my stance:
But researchers also discovered that women without children were the least happy with life overall, whereas mothers were happier than any other group, even if their relationships faltered.
But I’m a bloke; none of that affects me. So, hey ho!
“My parents did always tell me I was the source of their unhappiness.”
- Phyllis Ireland, Wax Pourer