Now we are offered a measure of childhood happiness in 21 developed countries. Secular, tolerant Holland comes out on top with the most contented children. Whether Dutch kids are true bundles of glee or merely spoiled is not for me to say.
CHILD WELL-BEINGAmericans will no doubt be surprised to discover that our children are among the least happy. There is ample gist here for social scientists to sort out, but one thing is clear: Religion isn't a guarantor of happiness. Surveys that measure how important religion is in the life of a nation show the "child well-being table" turned upside down, U.S.-wise.
9. Republic of Ireland
15. Czech Republic
20. United States
21. United Kingdom