Study suggests having kids makes you happier – but only after they leave home

(U.S.) – A recent study published by researchers in Germany suggests parents are truly happiest when they become empty nesters.

The study looked at data from a European survey that asked 55,000 people aged 50 and older about their emotional well-being. The study was led by Christopher Becker at Heidelberg University in Germany.

These parents noted they experienced fewer symptoms of depression and greater joy in life.

Researchers also note that maintaining a relationship with children may stave off loneliness.

Additionally, the same seems to be said for U.S. parents. University of Utah researcher, Nicholas Wolfinger, analyzed four decades of data for a 2018 study and found parents with grown children ages 50 to 70 were 5 to 6 percent more likely to report being ‘very happy’ than those with children still living at home.

However, it looks like parents may have to wait even longer today to get that happiness boost. In 2018, reports suggest 15% of millennials (ages 25 to 37) were living with their parents.

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