Here's an article that may get some discussion going
I've never understood why people who have chosen not to have children are so pitied.
Automatically happy? No. I don't think having kids makes you either happy or unhappy automatically. Having children would make my sister miserable. *Not* having children would make me miserable. I do think that parenthood increases the number of daily hassles, which can raise overall stress level, but that is going to vary widely from family to family and from personality to personality. Some may experience negligible levels of stress, and what little there is is eclipsed by good experiences. Others may feel completely overwhelmed and trapped. Still others are somewhere in between.
Whereas if you really DON'T want kids, and you don't have kids - what's not to be happy about? It reminds me of that CFBC character from The Simpsons when Maggie barfed in Marge's purse, and the lady said "Aw, poor me. All my purse is full of is disposable income." LOL