- Title Pages
- Preface to the Paperback Edition
- Introduction: The New Paradigm
1Happiness over the Life Course: What Matters Most?
Part OneWhat Makes a Happy Adult?
4Work and Unemployment
5Building a Family
6Health of Mind and Body
8Social Norms and Institutions
9Happiness at Older Ages
Part TwoWhat Makes a Successful Child?
12Parenting and Parents’ Mental Health
Part ThreeSo What?
15Measuring Cost-Effectiveness in Terms of Happiness
16The Origins of Happiness
- Our Thanks
- Contents of Online Materials
- Sources and Notes For Tables And Figures
- Cartoon Credits
Building a Family
Building a Family
- (p.77) 5 Building a Family
- The Origins of Happiness
Andrew E. Clark
- Princeton University Press
This chapter examines the sense of satisfaction and fulfillment most people gain from close personal relationships. Life-course data provide important evidence on this, although the chapter notes that for children, the question of close personal relationships is more nuanced. And as the chapter shows, human relationships at the most intimate level make a huge difference to a person's happiness. However, family history, in so far as it can be measured, contributes little toward explaining who becomes and remains partnered. This suggests that later interventions to help people's social skills may have as much a role to play as childhood interventions.
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