Studies say: having a job won’t make you happy

Our semi-regular roundup of findings from the world of academia

British Columbia: Researchers have determined that it’s harder for gay couples and single parents to get an apartment in Vancouver. Gay couples are 25 per cent more likely to be rejected by landlords than heterosexual couples, while single moms and dads are 15 per cent more likely to be rejected than married couples with children, according to a study by University of British Columbia sociologist Nathanael Lauster.

Alberta: University of Alberta researchers have found evidence that “brain wiring”—the development of paths in the brain caused by learning—continues well into young adulthood. New social experiences and post-secondary education were cited for continued brain development after the bursts of childhood and adolescence.

Ontario: It’s true: in spring, a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy turns to thoughts of love. A Queen’s University study has found teenagers are more likely than adults to conceive during the month of March. Citing spring break as the likely reason, co-author Mary Anne Jamieson suggests schools conduct sexual health blitzes before letting students loose for holiday frivolity.

Quebec: Despite what we wage-slaves might want to believe, having a job doesn’t make you any more likely to be happy. The Université de Montréal has found that people who don’t work and aren’t looking for a job are often less stressed and happier than those who are employed. Those who work in stressful, non-fulfilling environments are often miserable since they tend to take downtrodden feelings home with them.

Maritimes: According to a new study comparing home-schoolers with students in the public school system in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, kids taught at home were better off, as long as their lessons were structured. On average, home-schoolers scored a half-grade higher in math, and two grades higher in reading.

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