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True Happiness: Married, Middle Class, No Kids

There is a great posting of a speech given by Christopher Munsey of the Monitor on the American Psychological Association blog that’s worth a read.  Here are three tidbits from the posting I found interesting:

It’s not marriage that makes you happy, it’s happy marriage that makes you happy. Marriage seems to buy you a decade or more of happiness.  However, one study finds people in unhappy marriages experience a spike in happiness once the marriage is dissolved. Duh!

If you hear someone say “money can’t buy happiness,” say “give me yours.” Money’s ability to buy happiness levels out for people in the United States, with huge increases in happiness for people who vault into a middle-class income of $40,000 to $70,000. Once that level is reached, increases in wealth generate smaller rises in happiness.

Happiness falls for both men and women after the first child is born. Some 20 years of research shows that people without children are happier than people with children and that people with young children living with them are the least happy of all.

Honey, I sold the kids.

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2 Responses to True Happiness: Married, Middle Class, No Kids

  1. Bobbie in Atlanta October 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    I think some of my clients have caught on to the children thing. I’m surprised how many are NOT having kids. That said, wonder what the happiness quotient is for grandchildren?

  2. Kelly October 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    I have found that after having gone through those years of sacrifice in order to raise (only) two children, I am in a better financial place to do as I wish with my income (and that is without a huge amount of change in income). Now I help my own parents and contribute to charities as well as the occasional ‘handout’ 🙂 I don’t know how others feel about their children, but my heart is never more full of true happiness than when I am with my sons.