According to Britain's national happiness survey, having children brings an increased sense of meaning into people's lives, the Daily Mail reported.
The latest measure of the country's well-being Thursday revealed that having children does not necessarily make people happier or more satisfied with their lot. But it does make them feel they have more of a reason for living.
The survey, carried out among 80,000 people, asked four questions: how satisfied they were with their lives, to what extent their lives were worthwhile, how happy they were yesterday, and how anxious they felt yesterday.
It was conducted by the Office for National Statistics.
The researchers also acknowledged for the first time that the figures show that married people are happier than everyone else, and that the most miserable are those who are divorced or separated.
"People who are married or in civil partnerships reported the highest average levels of life satisfaction, significantly higher than cohabiting couples. The lowest average rating was reported by people who are divorced or separated, including those who have dissolved civil partnerships," the report said.
(China.org.cn April 29, 2012)