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    mad Why aren't women happy???

    What is the deal? Women today are getting all of the choices that their mothers fought for...so why are women tending to be less happy and men are becoming happier?

    "As the ERA woke women up, I remember that initial thrill of empowerment sweeping over us," she said. "But Shannon's generation has had to face all the implications we didn't fully anticipate, and I see how incredibly hard it can be. I don't know anybody who would want to go back to the way it was, but I think those high expectations are taking a toll on women's happiness."

    The Happiness Quotient / Do high expectations and a plethora of choices make modern women miserable?

    "Perhaps the most persuasive explanation for the happiness gap echoes Lisa Boucher's observation: Having choices means that women actually must choose. "

    "I want to preface this by saying that you're catching me on a really crazed week. I know I'm lucky to have a beautiful, happy kid; a great job; a great husband who pitches in," she acknowledges. "But here's where I am right at this moment: Last night I just turned to him and said, 'You know what, I'm not happy in my life.

    " 'I've lost my joy.' "


    The Happiness Quotient / Do high expectations and a plethora of choices make modern women miserable?

    Why is this?
    Why is the more and more common?
    Why Aren't Women Happy?

    I hear more and more of this...

    Having watched her own parents divorce when she was 13, forcing her homemaker mother to get a job, Boucher vowed that she would never be felled by a similar fate. "I swore that I would never depend on any man, that I would establish my own successful career, that I wouldn't let anybody into my life that much," she says. "But now I have somebody to share my life with, and what I really want most is to be able to stay home and spend time with my daughter.

    "So we women broke out of the little boxes that defined us, and now it seems like everybody's trying to get back in there. I'm trying to get back in."


    It is sad. I am not sure why society feels that it has to "evolve" into something...does it? Where are we going? What are we leaving behind? Who benifits? Who is being hurt.
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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    Just a guess but women being encouraged to do things, that don't really appeal to their inner nature, is a possibility.
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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    Easiest question ever. Why aren't women happy?

    Men.

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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    Measuring "happiness" through a study is a joke. Other than "are you feeling happy at this particular moment", the data is probably random enough to be worthless. The most likely factor in answering the question is if anything positive or negative happened to them recently.

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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    Insensitive comedy answer:

    It's the day of the week ending in "y."
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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    I've actually thought about this in regards to my own wife. She has a career whereby she would not have to depend on me for anything if something were to happen to us, two beautiful healthy boys, a husband that does quite a bit of work both inside and outside the house and yet she still finds something to complain about every single day.

    Despite her professional career she has often stated she would be much happier if she could just stay home and have me bring in all the money. I've done the stay at home parent thing myself for a couple of years before I got back into school, and I can somewhat sympathize with what stay at home moms throughout history have had to deal with at home during the day. I have a high amount of admiration for what "career" stay at home moms have had to do, and I think that part of the reason for women breaking down the barriers to go out and work might have been due to the fact that many men didn't appreciate it the way they should have.
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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    I've actually thought about this in regards to my own wife. She has a career whereby she would not have to depend on me for anything if something were to happen to us, two beautiful healthy boys, a husband that does quite a bit of work both inside and outside the house and yet she still finds something to complain about every single day.

    Despite her professional career she has often stated she would be much happier if she could just stay home and have me bring in all the money. I've done the stay at home parent thing myself for a couple of years before I got back into school, and I can somewhat sympathize with what stay at home moms throughout history have had to deal with at home during the day. I have a high amount of admiration for what "career" stay at home moms have had to do, and I think that part of the reason for women breaking down the barriers to go out and work might have been due to the fact that many men didn't appreciate it the way they should have.
    All I'm gonna say, that even if she were a stay at home mom, she would most likely find other things to complain about.
    Not trying to be a dick but speaking from experience.
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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    Having options does not always mean that those options are appealing. Further, the option to be a stay at home mom is less an option than it used to be, with many/most families requiring a second income.
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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    Probably depends on the specific situation and woman in question.

    Some would probably be happiest as a homemaker.

    Some would probably be happiest as a moneymaker/non-homemaker.

    Some would be happiest single, some married, and some living with someone...

    So many variables.
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    Re: Why aren't women happy???

    Why aren't women happy?

    Because they're women.
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