Kids choose parents over friends

August 27, 2007

What Makes Kids Happy

Associated Press, 8/20/07

An open ended question asked to 1,280 13 ” 24 year olds

Top answer: Spending time with family

Next, Spending time with friends

3rd, Spending time with significant other

Nearly of young people say their relationship with parents makes them happy

Money? Almost no one said “money” when asked what makes them happy; Higher incomes correlated with happier with life, but having highly educated parents is a stronger predictor of happiness than income

Sex? Being sexually active for 13-17 year olds = less happiness; for 18-24 year olds sex leads to greater happiness for the moment, but not in general

Close to half say religion and spirituality are very important. Simply belonging to an organized religious group makes people happier

School? Most young people in school says school makes them happy

Overwhelming, young people think marriage would make them happy and they want to be married someday

Who are their heroes? Nearly half said one or both of their parents