Harvard prof says children bring unhappiness

From yesterday's UK Telegraph - a Harvard professor declares that children ruin our chances at happiness:

Marriage without children the key to bliss
By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
May 9, 2008

Married life is the key to happiness, but having children can ruin it all, an international conference has been told.

Couples only recover their former blissful existence once their offspring have left the nest, according to an expert on what creates joy.

Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University, said studies across America and Europe had shown that while feelings of happiness spike during the early years of marriage, they fall heavily after having children.

He told a Happiness and its Causes conference in Sydney that parents' desire to get a return on the time and money they have invested in their children is part of the reason they persuade themselves that their offspring are enhancing their lives.

Read entire article here. I am happy the writer strove for balance by ending with this:

But some experts believe that it not having children itself which breed the discontent.

Richard Tunney, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nottingham, said: "From an evolutionary point of view we are programmed to procreate.

"It would not make sense for having children to make us unhappy.

"However, in countries like Britain having children is hard - your finances are hit, childcare in this country is appalling and for women especially, their careers suffer.

"That is not the fault of having children per se, but of society."

He added that "of course" couples were less happy after having children than in the early years of their marriage, when they were "in the first flushes of romantic love and had more money".

But the two feelings could not be compared, he said, "they are two different types of emotion".

This hasn't hit the U.S. print media yet. But what ironic timing - two days before Mother's Day.

You can count on some encouragement here in what I plan to post today and tomorrow.




button02b.gif

Categories

Archives

Pro-Life Articles

add your site
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 1:59 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 9:47 am
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 1:19 pm
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 2:00 pm
Down on the Pharm Jul 22, 2014, 2:05 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 12:54 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 8:28 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 8:22 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 8:35 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 9:04 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 11:31 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 8:53 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 22, 2014, 1:06 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 22, 2014, 3:25 pm
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 12:18 pm
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 12:49 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 12:00 pm
Dakota Voice (Blog) Jul 22, 2014, 11:45 am
Thinking Americanist Jul 22, 2014, 12:52 pm
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 11:14 am
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 11:47 am
John Smeaton, SPUC director Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
jillstanek.com Jul 22, 2014, 12:00 pm
Happy Catholic Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
SUNLIT UPLANDS Jul 22, 2014, 12:19 pm
Operation Rescue Jul 22, 2014, 10:37 am
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 10:13 am
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 10:46 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 10:26 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 22, 2014, 11:12 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 22, 2014, 10:49 am
Reclaiming Our Children Jan 1, 1970, 2:00 am
NoisyRoom.net Jul 22, 2014, 10:13 am
LifeNews Jul 22, 2014, 9:32 am
Lake County Right to Life Blog Jul 22, 2014, 9:42 am
Lake County Right to Life Blog Jul 22, 2014, 9:47 am
Karen Edmisten Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
FRC.org - Web Log Jul 22, 2014, 9:53 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 8:12 am
Dakota Voice (Blog) Jul 22, 2014, 9:30 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 22, 2014, 9:39 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 22, 2014, 11:39 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 22, 2014, 11:09 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 22, 2014, 9:30 am
Vivificat! Jul 22, 2014, 8:48 am
Lake County Right to Life Blog Jul 22, 2014, 9:14 am
Lake County Right to Life Blog Jul 22, 2014, 9:18 am
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 4:15 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 8:15 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 8:31 am
Dakota Voice (Blog) Jul 22, 2014, 8:32 am
Dakota Voice (Blog) Jul 22, 2014, 8:24 am
Abortion in Cincinnati - News Jul 22, 2014, 8:14 am
man with black hat Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 22, 2014, 7:42 am
Challies Dot Com Jul 22, 2014, 7:59 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 1:30 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 6:49 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
Dakota Voice (Blog) Jul 22, 2014, 6:26 am
Dakota Voice (Blog) Jul 22, 2014, 6:16 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 22, 2014, 6:04 am
Challies Dot Com Jul 22, 2014, 6:43 am
Reclaiming Our Children Jan 1, 1970, 2:00 am
jillstanek.com Jul 22, 2014, 5:39 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 6:03 am
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 21, 2014, 12:48 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 21, 2014, 5:24 pm
Catholic Fire Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
Birth Mom Missions Blog Jul 22, 2014, 4:11 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 1:12 am
DFW Catholic.org Jul 22, 2014, 2:03 am
Kevin Tracy Jul 22, 2014, 2:02 am
Aardvark Alley Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
Kevin Tracy Jul 22, 2014, 12:44 am
Greater Fitchburg For Life Jul 22, 2014, 1:21 am
Greater Fitchburg For Life Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
Greater Fitchburg For Life Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
FREEDOM EDEN Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
The Ohio Anglican.blog Jul 22, 2014, 1:03 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 2:15 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 1:52 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 2:10 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 18, 2014, 5:38 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 9:00 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 10:00 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 1:37 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 6:05 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 18, 2014, 3:15 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 18, 2014, 4:26 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 3:04 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 18, 2014, 12:27 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 18, 2014, 9:00 am
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 4:49 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 6:48 pm
Truth and Charity Forum Jul 22, 2014, 12:01 am
HicktownPress Jul 21, 2014, 9:47 pm
The Black Kettle Jul 21, 2014, 8:30 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 7:44 pm
DEACON FOR LIFE Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
DEACON FOR LIFE Jul 21, 2014, 9:16 pm
NoisyRoom.net Jul 21, 2014, 7:51 pm
NoisyRoom.net Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
joy of nine9 Jul 21, 2014, 8:08 pm
The Black Kettle Jul 21, 2014, 8:07 pm
The Black Kettle Jul 21, 2014, 8:16 pm
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 6:06 pm
DEACON FOR LIFE Jul 21, 2014, 8:16 pm
Thinking Americanist Jul 21, 2014, 7:49 pm
Where the Rubber Hits the Road Jul 21, 2014, 7:45 pm
NoisyRoom.net Jul 21, 2014, 6:43 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 7:02 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 6:29 pm
FRC.org - Web Log Jul 21, 2014, 6:38 pm
Spero News Dec 31, 1969, 6:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 5:49 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 6:13 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 6:47 pm
A Culture of Life Jul 21, 2014, 6:39 pm
Thinking Americanist Jul 21, 2014, 6:45 pm
NoisyRoom.net Jul 21, 2014, 5:35 pm
NoisyRoom.net Jul 21, 2014, 5:37 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 5:12 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 5:32 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 5:03 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 3:37 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 4:09 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 5:24 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 3:45 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 4:09 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 3:55 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 3:52 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 6:48 pm
Rebelution Jul 21, 2014, 4:45 pm
Priests for Life Jul 21, 2014, 5:18 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 4:46 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 4:09 pm
HLI World Watch Jul 21, 2014, 4:34 pm
The Black Kettle Jul 21, 2014, 4:53 pm
The Anchoress Jul 21, 2014, 5:11 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 3:12 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 4:35 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 21, 2014, 3:56 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 3:05 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 3:33 pm
Les Femmes - The Truth Jul 21, 2014, 4:19 pm
Les Femmes - The Truth Jul 21, 2014, 3:59 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 3:13 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 3:30 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 21, 2014, 3:56 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 6:05 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 4:49 pm
A Follower of Francis Jul 21, 2014, 3:53 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 2:37 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 2:07 pm
Thinking Americanist Jul 21, 2014, 2:38 pm
MCCL Blog Jul 18, 2014, 12:34 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 1:34 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 1:42 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
DFW Catholic.org Jul 21, 2014, 8:28 am
Vivificat! Jul 21, 2014, 12:59 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 12:58 pm
LifeNews Jul 21, 2014, 12:11 pm
Happy Catholic Dec 31, 1969, 7:00 pm
The Common Room Jul 21, 2014, 12:57 pm
CNSNews.com Headlines Jul 21, 2014, 12:11 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 2:10 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 2:15 pm
Christian Newswire: All Releases Jul 21, 2014, 3:04 pm
Christian Coalition Blog Jul 21, 2014, 12:25 pm