Children happier in term-time with Easter holidays most gloomy, study finds –

The findings suggest that holidays are less important for children’s happiness than they are for adults’, because they have less control over how they use their time. 

Research published by the University of Essex found that children stop doing the activities they enjoy during the Easter holidays and spend less time with their friends. 

The study, which was carried out by Dr Gundi Knies, Research Fellow at the University of Essex, followed 6,000 children, who were aged between 10 and 15, over five years. 

Children were asked to rate their happiness from 1 to 7 at different times of the year, with 7 being the happiest. 

Their life satisfaction was measured against a range of factors, including family income, gender, age and ethnicity. 


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