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Is life better with kids? Not always, says study

Published on Jan 14, 2014 5:59 AM
 
In the United States, those with and without kids rate their lives about the same, but globally children tend to diminish well-being, said a study on Jan 13, 2014. -- ST POSED PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Are people with kids happier than people without? In the United States (US), those with and without kids rate their lives about the same, but globally children tend to diminish well-being, said a study on Monday.

The results were derived from two major surveys by Gallup that included almost three million people worldwide.

One survey covered nearly 1.8 million Americans from 2008 to 2012 and the other interviewed 1.07 million people from 161 countries between 2006 and 2012.

Participants were asked how close their lives were to being ideal, and what kinds of emotions they felt the day prior. Potential responses included happy, sad, angered, worried or stressed.

 
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