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In a recent survey of U.S. families conducted by FamilyFun magazine, parents rated their family’s happiness 17 percent higher today than when they were kids. The survey results andFamilyFun’s “Happy Family Playbook” were released today as part of the magazine’s special May “Happiness” issue.

U.S. parents and children who responded to the survey shared their family meal preferences, favorite activities, and how family happiness compares to previous generations. Striking statistics from the survey include:

  • 52% of families say more money would make their families happier vs. 48% who believe more time together would help family contentment
  • 88% say a weekly family game night would make their families happier than the 12%who’d prefer a new, big-screen TV
  • 71% of families would rather experience a dream vacation together than enjoy a renovated family room space
  • Vacations ranked #1 by both parents and kids as the top activity to generate family happiness while outings to local zoos and museums and playing board/video games together followed closely behind
  • Overall, parents rate their family’s happiness 17%higher today than when they were kids

For families looking for happiness tips, the May issue also includes seven ways to dial-up family happiness this year—including performing random acts of kindness and unplugging from electronics.

Credit: FamilyFun Magazine.


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