jnuwer (jnuwer) wrote,


I'm working on a research project right now about the effects of long-distance running on children. I mostly enter data, but there are some things I can't help but feel. One of the questions is rate your daily mood on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being always sad and 10 being always happy. The kids involved are middle school age. Everyone knows middle school is a rough time. Still it makes me fundamentally sad when the children answer any number less than 6. Kids are supposed to be happy and having fun!

The other thing that I've been noticing is how many children have checked the box indicating that their family income is less than $20,000/year. I have a hard time imagining living on that as one person. I think about the sacrifices that these family must make to make ends meet. I wonder how these kids pay for good running shoes...maybe they can't afford them. I can't help but feel privileged and at the same time called to help these poor families in whatever way I can.

The good news is that neither of these 2 data points seem correlated. The kids from poorer families seem to have the same distribution of happiness as the privileged kids. Maybe money can't buy happiness after all.

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