happiness and meaning

On the Differences Between Happiness and Meaning in Life

In the last several years, we’ve seen some some ink out there on who is happier – parents or those with no kids. I’ve lamented about the problems with some of the research in this area. This is why I was pleased to read the piece, “The Differences between Happiness and Meaning in Life” by Scott Barry Kaufman on Scientific American‘s site. It goes into some of the latest research with no mention of the determining factor being parenthood or not. Here are a few highlights: Continue reading “On the Differences Between Happiness and Meaning in Life”

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Have New Year’s Resolution to Get Organized? You Need the Book, Making Room for You

At the beginning of a new year, many of us start and are trying to stick to our new year resolutions. A common one is – Get organized! Purge what I don’t need! If this sounds like something you have promised yourself this year, here is the book for you: Continue reading “Have New Year’s Resolution to Get Organized? You Need the Book, Making Room for You”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Two Questions to Ask When You See a “Who’s Happier” Study

There are scads of nonfiction books out there on the happiness topic. Then there are the “Who’s Happier” studies the media loves to talk about. Earlier this month Good Morning America joined the collection of television and print media with what it says is a “hot button question:” Who is happier, parents or non-parents? When you see these kinds of segments reporting on research in this area, or see the research itself, here are two key questions to ask yourself: Continue reading “Two Questions to Ask When You See a “Who’s Happier” Study”

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Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research

Hot off the research press are the results of two studies came out to add to the collection of research on who’s happiest — parents or those with no children. One was sponsored by Open University in Great Britain, and was based on an online survey of about 4500 respondents. The media has had a field day with it, particularly the findings that Continue reading “Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research”

Having No Children in Later Years: Highlights of Recent Research

As I discuss in The Baby Matrix, since the year 2000 more research has been conducted on those with no children than ever before. Studies have been conducted in many countries in a variety of areas. One area in which there has been a good deal of research involves one’s the elder years. Here are some interesting research highlights: Continue reading “Having No Children in Later Years: Highlights of Recent Research”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Studies Dissecting Differences in Happiness and Meaning

Let’s broadening the happiness question from my last post to meaning and purpose in life.  I began to delve into this earlier in my career, when I had a job counseling people who had been laid off from their jobs. What I learned from this experience became the foundation for my first book.  Of late in this area we see interesting dissection of the differences between happiness and meaning. Take this new study… Continue reading “Studies Dissecting Differences in Happiness and Meaning”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Back to the Debate on Who’s Happiest – Parents or Non-Parents

Here we go again. An article on USAToday.com, “Parents are happier than non-parents, studies suggest” talks about two new studies that involve data from thousands of adults around the globe.  Here is what researcher Chris Herbst of Arizona State University says is undeniable about the findings… Continue reading “Back to the Debate on Who’s Happiest – Parents or Non-Parents”

Retired Niche Living – What Would the Childfree Version Look Like?

In the same edition of TIME as the article on living alone as “the new norm,” there’s another one that got me thinking about childfree applications. This one is on “niche aging.” Fast forward to your retirement (ok, that might seem far away but from On-the-Ground question responses, many think way ahead about this!) with this idea… Continue reading “Retired Niche Living – What Would the Childfree Version Look Like?”

What The Childfree & Living Solo Have in Common

I recently saw a stat that surprised me in the TIME article,  “Living Alone is the New Norm.”  Latest 2011 U.S. Census data tell us that 28% of Americans live alone.  That number means they are now “tied with childless couples as the most prominent residential type.”  The meaning of “Childless” here includes … Continue reading “What The Childfree & Living Solo Have in Common”