There is research out there that shows that you are more likely to like whatever you pick ( autos, therapists, spouses ) when you feel you were given a choice. Interestingly enough, you are also more likely to continue to like whatever you pick if your choice is irrevocable.
I guess this means that the ideal scenario is the free choice among all alternatives without the option of changing your mind once you’ve chosen. Some kinds of freedom are more likely to lead to happiness than others. Freedom up front has more value in terms of happiness than freedom at the end.
I think this knowledge has lots of applications, especially in child rearing.