Parents Are Happier Video

They're often called a "bundle of joy". Okay, but really? Does having children really make you a happier, more fulfilled person? Recent studies cast doubt. Watch the dads talk about how happy they are every single minute of their entire lives.
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Daddy Clay: I am so happy. I am Daddy Clay. Daddy Brad: I am Daddy Brad. Daddy Clay: This is DadLabs, this is the DadLab Lounge, where everyone is happy because that is today's subject. Are parents happier than non-parents? Daddy Brad: Interesting. Are you happier? Daddy Clay: I have seen some studies. There are actually people out there that feel like they can study and measure how happy a person is. Daddy Brad: Like pleasure points, like hot dogs and steaks. Daddy Clay: Yeah, and you can go and they can do interview with you and they can gauge how happy you are. Daddy Brad: Yeah. Daddy Clay: There have been some studies done. Do you think that people who are married and have children are happier than people that are single, without children? Daddy Brad: More for feels. Daddy Clay: I don't think -- how could it be -- I mean -- yeah, I guess they are definitely moments I feel like happier. Daddy Brad: Yeah. Daddy Clay: But what were the five things that made you happiest before you had kids? Daddy Brad: Getting my snack on a lot. Sleeping in after I got my snack on a lot. Listening to good music while I was getting my snack on. Oh, exercising. I liked exercising. Let's see, football games, I really like football games. Yeah, that made me really happy. How about you? Daddy Clay: How about after you left the priesthood? Sex figure in there at all? Daddy Brad: Oh, yeah, yeah, that's good too. Daddy Clay: Okay, alright. So my question is, has being a family man sort of helped or increased those avenues of happiness? Daddy Brad: Do I have more sex since I am a family man? Daddy Clay: Yeah. Daddy Brad: No dude, come on. Daddy Clay: It's terrible. I don't mean to say that. I mean statistically, on average, like the average guy, not me particularly, but like overall, large global sense. Daddy Brad: Yeah, an average American does it 85 times a year for a duration of 15 minutes. The Greeks do it 116 times a year for two hours. Daddy Clay: Really? Daddy Brad: Yeah, yeah, and they are family men too. Daddy Clay: With each other or --? I mean, is it like a solo performance? Daddy Brad: No, no, no, not a solo performance. That was a study that came out this week. That's kind of the world rankings of sex, and America finished way down the bottom. Daddy Clay: I am so changing my name to Brocolocapacalus. Daddy Brad: So back to the subject of, sure, I think parents are happier in a broader sense because they receive joy from their children, seeing them grow up, seeing them be really fulfilled and well adjusted young people. You derive happiness from that. Daddy Clay: But that's sort of this abstract, like I am so happy, but like from moment to moment, like doing the dishes and like wiping somebody's butt, and plus there is the kids, I mean -- Daddy Brad: You never did dishes before you had kids? Daddy Clay: No, I didn't. It was all disposable. But really, think about how hard you work? The sleep gets interrupted, there is no sex here. I mean there is so many more choices. It's hard, hard day, day to day. It's not like I am just like laughing, giggling my way through raising kids, I am like fighting, they bite each other, and they like hit me with things, and they mock me. Daddy Brad: But you get to eat a lot of Macaroni and Cheese. Daddy Clay: It's not fair. I am kidding, I am joking. I mean, it's not like that. Daddy Brad: No, it makes you happy. Daddy Clay: On a global, broad sense, not the individual sense. I am not talking about me. Daddy Brad: Surrender the things of youth gracefully, that's what you should do, and embracing the -- Daddy Clay: That's just a way to talk yourself into being miserable. Daddy Brad: No. Daddy Clay: It's like, you have got to give up all the fun stuff. Daddy Brad: Okay, here is the deal, here is the deal. Okay, here is the deal. Daddy Clay: So you can go to a soccer game. Daddy Brad: If a fairy came down and said, okay, here is the deal Daddy Clay, I got a deal for you. You give me your kids and y

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