Australian study: Parents of 4 or more are happiest

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Through the ups and downs, good times and bad, every family has the potential to be just as happy as anyone…or do they?

Of course. There’s no one size fits all method for having the happiest family in the world, but according to a study from Australia’s Edith Cowan University, parents who have four or more children were statistically shown to be the happiest of all parents.

Over the course of five years, Dr. Bronwyn Harman, of the psychology and social science school at the university, worked and studied to try to understand which type of families are the most content. In her studies, she interviewed and analysed hundreds of parents from a variety of different family makeups to measure their resilience, social support, self-esteem, and overall satisfaction with life.

Initially, Dr. Bronwyn Harman had hypothesised that parents who had four or more children would be less happy than parents of fewer children. To her surprise, quite the opposite was found to be true. Apparently, parents find joy in expanding their family and working to cultivate a larger, more loving family.

Happy playful girl playing in the kitchen

Find out more about this study and what Dr. Bronwyn Harman had to say by visiting the next page!

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