Parental Happiness Full Infographic

Exploring the Plight of American Parents

Are childless couples really happier than those with children? And if so, are we becoming heartless, cold and cruel? Maybe not, says a Wake Forest researcher, whose findings suggest this is a matter of policy, not people.

In studying people in 22 countries around the planet, sociology professor Robin Simon found that family-leave policies – not the people themselves – really explain parental happiness. The more flexible the leave, the happier the family.

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