The Week contest: Happy days
This week's question: German researchers have discovered that having children does make you happier — but only once the kids have grown up and moved out. Please come up with a psychological term to describe the surge of joy that parents experience when their offspring finally fly the nest.
THE WINNER: "Joie de Leave"
Matt Mistele, Palo Alto, California
SECOND PLACE: "The empty zest"
Sheldon Friedman, Englewood, Colorado
THIRD PLACE: "U-Haulphoria"
Stephen Sumner, Worcester, massachusetts
Stuart Burkhoff, Great Necy, New York
Greg Mistele, Peapack, New Jersey
"Empty's best syndrome"
Patty Oberhausen, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Karen Shepherd, Social Circle, Georgia
Ken Kellam III, Dallas
Phyllis Klein, New York City
Janine Witte, New Hope, Pennsylvania
"All kidding aside"
Linda Powers Bilanchone, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Mike Riordan, Greenville, South Carolina
"Empty blessed syndrome"
Robyn Kupferman, Culver City, California
"Empty nest win-drome"
Brian Davis, Margate, Florida