- Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, we control individual pre-marital well-being levels and find that the married are still more satisfied, suggesting a causal effect, even after full allowance is made for selection effects. Using new data from the United Kingdom's Annual Population Survey, we find that the 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 (Helliwell & Grover, 2014).
It's Not JUst Marriage, It's a Happy Marriage
Remarkably, he furthered that resting and relaxing does not necessitate happiness as doing nothing leads to an idle mind which is related with depression. When your thoughts drift away, you would likely ruminate and bury yourself in negativity.
Generally, evidences verify that marriage is linked with happiness. Also, friendship is a strong indicator of marital bliss as this constitutes emotional and cognitive intimacy. However, the optimism regarding the benefits of marriage must be bridled with reality, especially after the honeymoon years.
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Helliwell, J., & Grover, S. (2014). How’s life at home? New evidence on marriage and the set point for happiness. National Bureau of Economic Research. http://www.nber.org/papers/w20794
Munsey, C. (2010). Does marriage make us happy? American Psychological Association. http://www.apa.org/monitor/2010/10/marriage.aspx