Research Shows That Unmarried Women Without Children Are The Happiest
So, what makes you happy? Basically, anything from falling in love to bubble tea and getting a promotion at work seems to really make people happy. Of course, good news always does.
There are some people who are happier than others, and research shows that unmarried women without children are the happiest people in the world.
Looks like getting asked, “When will you get married?” isn’t such a bad thing after all. Anyway, it’s better than being asked, “When will you be happy?”
Conventional goals don’t always equate to happiness
Before this, conventional goals like marriage and children seemed to equate to happiness for women. However, it wasn’t long before experts found out that marriage benefitted men more than it did women. Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics concluded that this happens because women these days still have to work beyond marriage and having children, and shoulder a majority of household responsibilities.
It’s not that married women are not happy, but…
… they are only happy when their spouse is present in the same room. According to Dolan, who conducted the survey questioning married, unmarried, divorced, separated, and widowed women, the married ones were actually happier than the other demographics, but only when their spouse is present. Unmarried women don’t need their spouse to make them happy, they are perfectly capable and know that they can find happiness by themselves. PS: They are also more likely to outlive married women by years.
Societal pressure may contribute to unhappiness
Pressures to settle down, get married, have children and figure out life when you haven’t done even half your life goals list yet may lead to unhappiness. Although the existence of children is usually amazing, Professor Dolan pointed out that their presence is what causes most parents to experience unhappiness. Plus, women tend to shoulder the majority of childcare chores and be around children more often than men.
Although happiness is not a one-size-fits-all, do you agree with Professor Dolan’s findings? Let us know in the comments below.