Your children don’t make you happy.

And who the heck cares, since that’s not their job? There is a great article at Jewish World View.

Some of the great quotes:

Gilbert writes that psychologists have found that people are less happy when they are interacting with their children than when they are doing a variety of other activities, like eating or shopping.

Gee, do ya think?

In fact, “an act of parenting makes most people about as happy as an act of housework.”

I can see that. I can so see that. Except that instead of blowing up the vaccuum (my secret super-skill), I blow up.

Gilbert eventually explains that with kids it’s not about a transient notion of happiness, but transcendent abiding joy. In admitting that our children don’t necessarily bring us a daily dose of happiness, he writes: “… Rather than deny that fact, we should celebrate it. …

And the end of the above quote, which is the money quote for the article:

Our ability to love beyond all measure those who try our patience and weary our bones is at once our most noble and most human quality.