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”

Musings on What it Means to Live True

I am sitting in a sweet mountain cabin at the base of Mount Hood, Oregon. It is near a cabin, a home really, that I lived in ten years ago. It is on a forested three acres, split by a river. Whenever I return to this area, I walk my old property (not trespassing mind you – the owners have given me permission to do so), and many memories come flooding back. I am reminded that the years I lived in the woods I learned a lot about what it means to “live true.” Continue reading “Musings on What it Means to Live True”

Laura Carroll, The Baby Matrix

Ashleigh From Australia Talks The Baby Matrix

Meet Ashleigh from Australia. She recently read my book, The Baby Matrix, and I just have to share her review and experience titled, “Parenting as a Path to Fulfillment or an Assumption?”

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Laura Carroll, childfree

The New Book, Famous – But No Children

In author J.O. Raber’s words, Famous – But No Children “is about people who have made an important difference because they were more oriented toward making that difference than toward living the conventional life of rearing children. This is not to say that people with children have never made a difference; however, the accomplishments of many of history’s great men and women were often the consequence of their non-conventionality and their non-procreation.” Continue reading “The New Book, Famous – But No Children”

March is Women’s History Month: Who’s One of Your Childless-Childfree Favorites?

Here’s to March as Women’s History Month – As a way to honor it, I invite you to write in one (or more) of your favorite women from history who did not have children.  She can be someone who was childless by circumstance or not, or a woman who was childfree-someone who consciously chose not to have children in eras where that was a bold choice.

Even if you don’t know how she came to have no children (I find not knowing exactly how many came to have no children is fairly common, at least from reading the history books), if she is one of your favorites, write in about her….let’s focus on great women from history whose lives did not include motherhood.

But first… Continue reading “March is Women’s History Month: Who’s One of Your Childless-Childfree Favorites?”

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”

The Bad and Good News About Recent Happiness Studies

In the last few years we have seen studies out there asking whether parents are happier than people without children.  On January 16, USA Today reported on three more such studies. There’s some bad and good news about these and other studies. Let me explain. Continue reading “The Bad and Good News About Recent Happiness Studies”