You’ve probably heard the old joke: What are the three rings of marriage? The engagement ring, the wedding ring and the suffering.
But according to a new study, married people are happier than singletons.
A paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, concluded that those who are married are happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who remain single – particularly during stressful periods, like midlife crises.
Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, the National Bureau of Economic Research control individual pre-marital well-being levels.
Through using new data from the UK’s Annual Population Survey, they found that those who are married “have a less deep U-shape in life satisfaction across age groups than do the unmarried, indicating that marriage may help ease the causes of the mid-life dip in life satisfaction and that the benefits of marriage are unlikely to be short-lived.”
Also citing friendship as an explanation for the benefits of marriage, the paper says:
“We explore friendship as a mechanism which could help explain a causal relationship between marriage and life satisfaction, and find that well-being effects of marriage are about twice as large for those whose spouse is also their best friend.”
What do you make of these findings? Do you think married folks are happier than singletons? Tell us what you think.
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