Most young people find that their
relationships with their parents makes them happy and many also view
one or both of their parents has their heroes.
extensive survey (conducted by the Associated Press and MTV) of more
than 100 questions was asked of 1,280 people ages 13-24 regarding
the general nature of happiness among America's young people. The
survey also focused on the importance of relationships with parents,
friends, and significant others. About three-quarters of the young
people polled said that their relationship with their parents makes
them happy. When asked to name their heroes, nearly half of the
respondents mentioned one or both of their parents (29% said their
mothers, 21% said their fathers, and 16% said their "parents").
Other heroes mentioned were God (more than 10%), teachers (nearly
5%) and members of military, policemen, and firefighters. When asked
about money, almost none of the respondents said that money made
them happy. In regards to religion, close to half of those polled
said that religion and spirituality was very important to them. More
than half said that they believe there is a higher power that has an
influence over things that make them happy.1
Associated Press-MTV Poll Conducted by Knowledge Networks,
Associated Press, April 16-23, 2007, pp. 1-81.
Family Ties Key to Happy Kids, Associated Press, Fox News,
August 19, 2007