The key to childhood happiness might be more face time with Dad. Kids who chat regularly with their father are happier than kids who don't, according to new research.

Children who converse with their father "most days" rated themselves 87 out of 100 on a happiness scale, while those who rarely talk to their dads scored a 79. The study results, released by the Children's Society in Great Britain, called the findings "highly significant" because research has demonstrated that a person's well-being later in life has a lot to do with their relationship with both parents during the teen years.

Of the 1,200 children in the study, who were 11 to 15, nearly 50% said they "hardly ever" talk to their dads about important subjects, as compared with just 28% who report rarely discussing important subjects with their moms.

Source: New York Daily News
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