I guess this kind of sums it up:
"Some studies indicate that there may be compensating things such as life meaning and purpose, but when it comes to strict measures of plain old smiling happiness, the verdict might seem grim."
There MAY BE "compensating things"? There certainly IS! But, I suppose if your view of happiness involves having more things with more time to play with them, you might just think you have arrived. I wouldn't trade having children (even having lost one of them) for being "free" or "rich." I have always known where my treasure was and a life without children would have been tragic for me, as it is for many would-be parents.
Read this article too - Motherhood - ultimate internship
BTW ~ I now have 41 comments I have refused to publish on this blog. I reserve the right to refuse inappropriate or demeaning remarks. If it feels personal, maybe it is. If you don't like what I write in my admittedly random posts, please don't read it! If you have something helpful, upbeat, respectfully different or otherwise appropriate, I welcome the comments and happily print them. It is because of abuse I have to approve all comments and yes, it is my blog. C'est la vie!