Psychology PhD candidate Kostadin Kushlev’s recent study on the happiness parents derive from their children has gained substantial media attention in the wake of mother’s day and upcoming father’s day. The story was picked up by MSNBC, Economist, Live Science. Kostadin was interviewed on May 17 by CKNW AM980 “The World Today with John McComb.”
Along with fellow students and lead researchers Elizabeth Dunn, UBC and Sonja Lyubomirsky, University of California, Kostadin found that parents are happier when they are caring for children than during other daily activities. Across the studies that formed this research, a bump in happiness was seen most consistently in fathers and in parents who are older and married.
The full results from this research will be published in a forthcoming issue of journal Psychological Science.