In a world of mobile phones, iPads, and Facebook, it may be hard to believe that it’s the simple things in life that make children most happy.
However, a new study by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, has revealed that children aged 10-15 years old gain an increased sense of well-being by simple pleasures like going swimming or having friends round for tea.
The study compared 5,000 children in families with a lower income versus those in families with a higher income, and the results showed that the former were just as happy. This therefore suggests that family income is not associated with child life satisfaction.
So, for those parents who think its only material things that keep their children happy, this no doubt comes as positive news. With the October half term approaching in a few weeks, perhaps it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think.