Being Married Makes People Happier


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As the old saying goes, happy wife, happy life. But what happens if you and your husband fall on some hard times? According to a new study, getting married makes people more satisfied with life, no matter what comes their way.

Researchers from the Vancouver School of Economics and the Canadian Department of Finance crunched the numbers from national surveys in the UK, plus the Gallup World Poll, to gauge life satisfaction around the world from both single and married people.

The study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that in most parts of the world, being married makes people happier, no matter how happy they were before tying the knot. And that happiness lasts for a long time, through life’s trials and tribulations. Why? Researchers believe that having a spouse can make it easier to deal when times get rough.

They also found that your ability to weather a difficult situation is strongest if you’re married to your best friend. In fact, those people who considered their partners to be their closest pals were twice as satisfied with life.

“What immediately intrigued me about the results was to rethink marriage as a whole,” researcher John Helliwell told the New York Times. “Maybe what is really important is friendship, and to never forget that in the push and pull of daily life.”