According to a recent poll of 13- to 24-year-olds conducted by AP and MTV, nearly three-quarters of young people say their relationship with their parents makes them happy. In fact, no other element of their lives is as instrumental in providing them with happiness as their family — not music, not friends, not money, not alcohol, not even sex.
There was more good news in the survey. Roughly half say that religion and spirituality is important. The vast majority believe in marriage and want to get married some day.
Other interesting details support the “family matters” thesis, but from a negative angle: Children from divorced homes are less happy than those from stable homes; white children are happier than black or Hispanic children — perhaps there is a coorelation with the higher rates of fractured families in those populations?
Of course, Bush and the Republicans have so ruined the country that these happy young people are doomed to a life of poverty, despair, and fear. They just don’t realize it yet. At least that’s the message our politicians and media are working hard to promote.