The Happiness Gap for U.S. Parents
"They discovered the gap could be explained by differences in family-friendly social policies such as subsidized child care and paid vacation and sick leave. In countries that gave parents what researchers called “the tools to combine work and family,” the negative impact of parenting on happiness disappeared."'
Interestingly, the researchers also found that lower child care costs also affected the happiness of NONparents. Read the full article to find out why: