Most moms and dads have very different experiences when it comes to parenthood, which affects their overall wellbeing. And dads are happier than moms, according to a January 2019 study.
For the report, which was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers analyzed three studies that looked at parents’ outlook on life, including happiness, wellbeing, depressive symptoms, psychological satisfaction and stress. In total, 18,000 people were surveyed.
The first two studies compared happiness of parents to those of people who don’t have kids. Researchers saw fatherhood was linked to greater wellbeing than motherhood. And fathers had greater satisfaction with their lives and feelings of connectedness to others than those without children.
They also reported fewer daily hassles than mothers, and less depressive symptoms than men without children. Mothers, on the other hand, reported more depressive symptoms than women who don’t…
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