According to Science, Married People Are Happier
Forget all those jokes about “the old ball and chain…" Turns out, married people are happier than those who aren't. Researchers in the UK used surveys to see if there was any link between marriage and well-being, and they found out there is.
Those who have said “I do" were more likely to feel satisfied in life. The team even looked at those in their 40s and 50s (the age at which happiness tends to decrease before increasing later on again—hello, mid-life crisis!) They found that, yep, those people were happier and less affected by that dip in life satisfaction than those who weren't married.
But there's always fine print. It's not necessarily the marriage itself but the friendship with your spouse that causes all these good things to happen. Those who said that their partner was their best friend actually saw doubled effects of satisfaction, whether they were actually married or just living together.
So, is the secret to happiness having an S.O. that's also your BFF? Either way, we think it's a pretty good rule to live by!
Do you think your marriage has made you a happier person in general? Tell us in a comment below.