Running away from marriage is not going to make you happy, researchers claim.
Young generations are not in any hurry to tie the knot and consider that marriage is not a source of happiness for relationships. A new Canadian study from the National Bureau Of Economics said that avoiding getting married is not the way to happiness and that, in fact, married couples are much happier than those who are single. The co author of the study, Shawn Grover, said that when reaching middle age, stress levels increase and that it is fundamental to have a partner to talk to and a person who supports you in need. Single people go trough difficult times harder, especially when they don’t have someone close.
He also stressed on the fact that those difficult moments in life, when things go wrong, are exactly what makes marriage so important.
Another expert who agrees with this, is John Helliwell of the Vancouver School of Economics. He said that he had a total rethinking of the concept of marriage and what it stands. He believes that married couples should never forget their are best friends after all, and never forget that no matter what happens.
“The biggest benefits come in high-stress environments, and people who are married can handle midlife stress better than those who aren’t because they have a shared load and shared friendship,” said John Helliwel.
According to co author of the study, Shawn Grover, the research has shown that long lasting relationships with partners who have lived together are equally happy as the legally married couples. Living in the same house with your loved one can have a benefit effect on your psychological state, regardless if the couple is married or not.
These conclusions are made as a general statement. Of course there might be individuals who wont be necessarily happier if they were married. Researchers believe that the bond between the two persons involved is more important than the actually paper and that in a way, marriage can be defined as a super friendship.
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