MTV-AP Poll: What Makes Youth Happy?

From Gary Randall and Faith and Freedom Network and Foundation.

“I’m not sure what MTV was thinking or expected when they along with the Associated Press commissioned a poll asking kids what made them happy.

The answers may not have made MTV too happy, given the fact that they have built a fortune around the idea that kids will be kids and their happiness will most often revolve around sex, drugs, rock and hip-hop music, plenty of cash in the pocket and keys to the car.

Given this image that often colors our kids, you may also be suprised, pleasantly so, at the kids responses.

The poll questioned 1,280 people ages 13 to 24 on the nature of happiness among America’s young people.

The top answer was “spending time with their family”and nearly 75% of them said their relationship with their parents makes them happy.

Also confirming previous research, the poll found that youth of divorced parents are somewhat less likely to be happy. Among 13-17 year olds, 64% of those with parents still together said they wake up happy, compared to 47% of those with divorced parents.

Kristiana ST. John 17, a high school student from Queens in New York, said of her parents,”They’re my foundation. My Mom tells me that even if I do something stupid, she’s still going to love me no matter what. Just knowing that makes me feel very happy and blessed”.

The poll revealed that being sexually active actually leads to less happiness among 13 to 17 year olds, The 18 to 24 year olds felt it might lead to more happiness in the moment, but not in general.

Nearly half the kids surveyed said religion and spirituality are very important and more than half of them said they believe in a higher power that has an influence over the things that make them happy.

Overwhelmingly, young people think that marriage would make them happy and want to be married some day. Almost all of them expressed that they want children of their own.

That of course, is best achieved through the traditional, Biblical model of one man and one woman being married and raising their children in a home where that child is influenced by both the male and female parent.

In the imperfect world that we live in, that may not always be achieved, but it is certainly the most effective model and must continue to be the model that we protect.

Traditional, Biblical values have served us well as a society. It would seem to me that through this poll our kids are once again asking us to strengthen and work at our marriages for the sake of the family and the next generation.

They would also be asking us to” honor” marriage as the Bible instructs us to do and protect it as the union between one man and one woman.

There is much more in the AP story. (Click here to read story). I would encourage you to take a moment and read it.

God bless you and your family.”

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