Yesterday I had the pleasure of being on Good Morning America talking about a new study that showed that more non-parents than parents got more sleep, were less stressed, got more exercise and were more likely to say they weren’t happy. Of course, this is only one study and within it, only one segment of non-parents that say they aren’t happy. But the question was, why?
**I received a few questions and comments from two women after the segment stating that they were non-parents and were very fulfilled and happy and therefore found this study offensive. Please understand that this study– and I– am in no way suggesting that all non-parents are unhappy and unfulfilled! That would be ridiculous. I know and love many people in the targeted age-bracket who aren’t parents and are still fulfilled, happy and have a wonderful life. And, on the flip side, there are parents who are not happy and fulfilled. Studies look in generalities not in specifics. It looks at what can be said for a group, not specific people and their personal lives.
So this report looks into the possible why a larger portion of non-parents, given that they report that their lives are easier and less stressful, still report that they are unhappy.