Yes. At least that's what new research shows. I'm attaching a link to an article in Atlantic.com which looks at survey data and compares the happiness of folks in the child-rearing years. I'm encouraged to know this, as I want it to be true. I have a heart for parents and believe that raising children is a noble, God-ordained activity. I also believe that we do a better job at those things we enjoy, so finding the joy in parenting is one goal of my own life's work. The authors of the research speculate as to why, and these reasons are interesting. One I'll tip you off to is that parenting helps us stay connected in the world. All their reasons seem correct to me, and this one particularly so. I hope you'll read the article and comment. If you are a parent, are you generally happy? Let me know.