11 Mar 2014

What are the differences between happy parents and miserable ones?

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:08 pm on 11 March 2014

For years, the debate has raged about whether or not having kids makes us happy. It turns out, according to research at the University of California, there's not much difference on the happiness scale between people who have kids and those who do not.

So the team of social psychologists from the Positive Psychology Lab at the University of California turned their attention to another puzzle of parenthood. What are the differences between happy parents and  miserable ones?

Katie Nelson is one of the researchers who recently published a study in the journal Psychological Bulletin that reveals the things that make for happy parenting.