Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What makes youth happy?

The Associated Press had an interesting article yesterday on a recent poll of young people between the ages of 13 and 24. When asked what made them happy, the top answer was not sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but spending time with family.
Among other interesting tidbits:
Almost no one said "money" when asked what made them happy.
Being sexually active led to less happiness among teens.
Close to half say religion and spirituality are very important and over half believe in a "higher power" [of course, this is a mixed blessing but still an encouragement in evangelizing young folk].
Overwhelmingly, young people think marriage will make them happy and want to be married some day. Most also want to have children.
A high school student is quoted as saying, "I don't want to be one of those career businesswomen who just doesn't ever settle down."

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