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Unformatted text preview: 1155 Meaning, Happiness and the Good Life Cathal Woods Reading Questions on Parenthood Reading: Baumeister Appendix B from The Meanings of Life . Background: In this reading, Roy Baumeister presents a lot of evidence (from psychology and sociology) on the effect of marriage and parenthood on well-being. 1. (i) What is the "empty nest" stage of parenthood and (ii) what effect does it have on the happiness of male and female parents? The empty nest stage of parenthood is when the last child grows up and leaves home. This is another peak in the parents happiness because they feel what it is like not to have kids around anymore. 2. What do most parents say about the satisfaction from or meaningfulness of parenting (as opposed to the day-to-day happiness levels)? (p. 39-2) People believe that they experience some satisfaction from having kids, and the meaningfulness...
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