1. Many readers said they were better off because of their children. But their sentiments were mixed: happy about their growing family, but worried about their financial future.
  2. Meanwhile, students and recent graduates talked about drowning in student-loan debt and having trouble landing a job.
  3. But there was some optimism from other recent grads. They stressed the importance of personal responsibility.
  4. While most of the "better off" commenters focused on their family, the "worse off" ones overwhelmingly commented on their financial situation.
  5. Quite a few readers commented that their lives had improved because of a recent move. Three of them had moved to New York City.
  6. Overall, the responses were more positive than negative. Some readers talked about the importance of stepping back and taking stock of their lives.