Are married people really happier in the long run?

According to new British and Canadian research, the marriage should have long-lasting positive effects on the well-being of people, including easier dealing with the middle-aged crisis. Have you ever tried to marry your best friend or have you even succeeded?


According to a new British study, researchers found that the degree of happiness is  the highest in those who see their spouse as the best friend. Long-term couples who are in a monogamous relationship, but never married, have similar experiences, although researchers believe that happiness comes from a unique form of life-long friendship.

Studies have shown that there is a link between marriage and happiness since married couples have a much higher level of satisfaction with life than those who are single, separated, widowed or divorced. This could mean that happy people prefer to marry or have more opportunities to marry. People who have more friends are more satisfied with their careers, they are better educated, all of which could lead to happiness other than marriage. Or, as one of the studies asks, “does a marriage make people happy or happy people marry?”

Another study says that the rise of happiness is at the beginning of the marriage, and people slowly return to the degree they had before marriage. What could mean that after the honeymoon, people return to the same degree of their own dissatisfaction?


Shawn Grover and John Helliwell of the Canadian Economics School in Vancouver collected information about 30,000 people between 1991 and 2009, and in the British survey there were more than 328,000 participants between 2011 and 2013, and researching the relationship between marriage and friendship . They found that married people are mostly happier than their single colleagues and that their happiness is not tied only to honeymooners. It has often stretched over to old age.

The younger people are the happiest, then the fall is in luck when people come in the middle years, and then again the climb in the older years. Both married and unmarried people follow this pattern with the difference that in the middle years, the fall in luck is lower in the married ones.

When happiness begins to decline, researchers argue that married partners rely on the unique support they provide in life challenges, and those who are best friends have even more benefit.

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