What Makes Couples Happy?

How does parenthood really affect the average couple?
1:41 | 12/09/11

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Married couples with children know that having children can be stressful but what this new study does a -- of the mysteries of a much -- -- home. Here's ABC anchor Dan Harris now. People who don't have children often -- starting a family as being like Father Knows Best. B it's often filtered through parenthood. -- -- like today's new report finds that 65%. Of us are less happy in our -- -- after the arrival. Bundle of joy. However the report also has an encouraging news as sizable minority of -- parents about 39%. Say they are very happy. And these couples people like seed and Robert Kennedy we really enjoy. The richness and vibrancy of life have secrets secrets that any couple can steal. Secret number one generosity. -- -- my wife lavish gifts. No it's actually more kind of regular little things like you know giving her -- -- within a long day. And there are more secrets modern ones such as -- -- sex life. Having date -- and sharing housework and more traditional ones like living within your means -- reduce stress. And having a shared religious -- like the Kennedy speaking of the Kennedys they have one more secret. Turns out parents with four or more children. Are the heaviest -- and they have five bully. Our commitment to each other has deepened the more children that we have. And they say they're open to adding to their happiness they are hoping for a girl. Dan Harris ABC news New York.

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