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We have a biological impulse to produce and nurture children.
But the negatives of having children are obvious: cost, anxiety, sleepless nights. Research even shows that children don't make the lives happier, overall. So, why do we continue to have them?
The answer may be about something far deeper than happiness: meaning. Parents tend to report having more meaningful lives than non-parents. Indeed, very few parents regret having children.
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About Paul Bloom: PaulBloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. An internationally recognized expert on the psychology of child development, social reasoning, and morality, he has won numerous awards for his research, writing, and teaching. Bloom’s previous books include Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil and How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like, and he has written for Science, Nature, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.
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