Many of us believe that having children is the key to happiness and a perfect family life. Naturally, this idealistic image is true for some, but researchers say that in reality, children make us happiest when they fly the nest - when they have grown up and left home. Researchers in Germany looked at data from a survey of 55,000 over 50-year-olds living in Europe. The survey respondents were quizzed about their emotional wellbeing. The researchers discovered that most parents were happier with life after their offspring had left home and started making their own way in life. Researchers say this could be because raising children creates financial worry, stress, fatigue and anxiety.
The research was led by Christoph Becker at Heidelberg University. He concluded that a big reason for parents being happiest when their children leave home is that the tables are turned and the children provide more support to their parents. He said parents whose children no longer live with them suffer from fewer symptoms of depression and have a more positive outlook on life. Regarding the role reversal in providing support, Mr Becker said: "Children's roles as caregivers, providers of financial support or simply as a means of social contact might outweigh the negative aspects of parenthood." He added that maintaining family relationships may stave off loneliness in ageing parents.很多人认为孩子是快乐完美家庭生活的关键。当然，这个理想的画面对一些人来说是真的，但研究人员表示，事实上，孩子长大离家才是家长最开心的时候。德国研究人员观察了一份来自55000名生活在欧洲的50岁以上人群的调查数据。受访者被问及他们的情绪健康状况。研究人员发现大多数父母在他们的子女离开家并开始独立生活后，对生活更加满意。研究人员表示这可能是因为养孩子造成了经济上的担忧、压力、疲劳和焦虑。