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Happy Kids Make Parents Happier

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Make the kids the center of your universe and chances are you’ll be happier for it.

That’s according to researchers from VU University in Amsterdam and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  In fact, they say their findings fly in the face of other studies that adults undermine their own well-being by taking a backseat to their children’s happiness.

The latest research involved 322 parents first taking a survey to measure the happiness and fulfillment of having children followed by relating their day’s activities and how they felt about them.

The bottom line was that those parents who tended to put their kids first seemed to take greater pleasure in their own lives while enjoying more positive experiences during activities involving their youngsters.

As a result, the researchers believe their findings could benefit other studies in parenting and child behavior.

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