Chesterton: "A child is a creative contribution to creation. People who prefer the mechanical pleasures, to such a miracle, are jaded and enslaved."
Happiness studies always find that children make people report lower levels of happiness (it’s important to distinguish making people report lower levels of happiness from people actually being less happy).
Things that make people self-report as happy seem to be very shallow. Additionally, people don’t seem very good at determining what makes them happy. The things that have made me happiest have always required some serious effort (i.e. before achieving success, I would have said I was unhappy, but afterwards . . . bliss).
I wonder if the best way to find happiness would be to do the opposite of what broad-based happiness studies suggest.