New Study: Are Non-Parents Happier Than Parents?

The study found that while non-parents may be healthier than parents, they may not be as happy.
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We're going to move on to the morning stir. The big debate, who's happier parents or people who don't have kids. A new survey has results that may surprise you. Dad! Hey. We're not quite there yet. It's a hot button question seen in the film "Friends with kids," who's happier, parents or non-parents? John dick, a Pittsburgh father of two put that question to the test. Analyzing data from more than a million consumers age 25 to 54. Among the questions addressed, whether non-parents get more sleep than parents. They do. The study found non-parents are 75% more likely to get more than eight hour was sleep a night. As for whether non-parents are really healthier than parents. They are. It would appear that non-parents are far healthier than parents. Much more likely to work out in a gym. Much less likely to eat fast fo food. Reporter: And stress? Non-parents are 23% more likely to say their lives are not stressed. Does that mean they're happier than parents. Surprisingly, says the study, no. The parents surveyed may be exhausted, but more likely to say they're very happy. And non-parents were 27% more likely to say they were unhappy or very unhappy. Despite all of the sacrifi sacrifices. Maybe it's worth it. Don't have to get the sleep to be happy. And Dr. Robin Silverman joins pups break it down, it works. It does. Nobody is surprised that non-parents are less stressed, less worried. But some people would be surprised to hear this parents are happier at the end of the day. You get that fulfillment from your kids. It's a richer, deep irlife even though it's harder. That's right. Non-parents, they don't have that kind of chance to connect with somebody on that level. Of a child. And when you're with a child, it fulfills every part of you. You're exhausted, but it works. And do you think the same would be true for single parents? Well, I think if you are not going with the idea that having an easier life means you have a more fulfilled life, if you scratch that, and you say it has to do with connecting with a child, then single parents should have every opportunity to be very happy. I mean, I sit before you right now, I am exhausted. My child was sick last night. My other child had a nightmare. I am so tired. But I think of my child and I feel so warm inside. And I think of the child in terms of the love I can give that child and the love that that child gives to me. It's great when you can reach down for that. But what other tips for parents who as much as they love their kids are feeling overwhelmed? I think that parents need to go out and make sure that they can check in with a friend. That they have a little bit of me time. That if you have a spouse or a friend or a mother-in-law and you can say, could you take the children for a couple of minutes? Or a couple of hours? Because I just need to get away for a little bit. And distance makes the heart grow fonder. Appreciate them even more. That's right.

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