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Family life is what makes us happiest according to Harvard

Who is right about the benefits or harms of family life : Harvard University or the Catalan MP?

Recently, several media have reported statements made by the Catalonian member of parliament (MP) Anna Gabriel (CUP, a pro-Catalan independence party), who believes in having children in common “like in the tribes”, considering that this way there is no “sense of ownership” of a child but that they are “sons and daughters that you have had and given birth to with others”. She sees in the family a “perverse logic” and “unrewarding”.

It is curious that Anna Gabriel, however, was not brought up any other way than in a family, and she has always been a great defendant of it. Her own family at least. The MP has stated on numerous occasions that her family has been instrumental in her social and political development, and has even said that her greatest treasure is “the values inherited from my family”.

At the same time as the MP’s statements, and as if it were an ironic coincidence, the prestigious Harvard University has just revealed the conclusions of the Harvard Study of Adult Development , which began in 1938 and which has closely followed and examined the lives of more than 700 individuals, and in some cases their partners. The study aimed to investigate which factors will determine if a person will age well and live a happy, healthy life, or if in contrast, they will suffer a disease or mental illness, something that seems to have a lot to do with loneliness.

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