There is a true, real connection between being married and being happy. Among the married, those who married their best friends are the happiest.
Several studies in the past have established that married people are happier than those who are not married. All the same, there has always been contention in the scientific world over the issue. Some scientists believe that marriage does cause people to be happy. However, other scientists have held the position that marriage does not make people happy, instead it is the happy that marry, making marriage seem like a place of happiness. These positions are mere speculations because there is yet a study that has conclusively made findings that would end this debate.
That said, a while back, the National Bureau of Economic Research did a literature review on this subject. What it found might surprise you. According to this review, there is a true, real connection between being married and being happy. The review concludes that among the married, those who married their best friends are the happiest.
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The scientists who spearheaded this review say marriage was also seen to have a way of protecting itself through the most fragile time in life when the spouses are in their 40s and 50s. And while marriage is itself challenging, single people were found to be less happy compared to those in marriages.
So, happiness is not just an option for married people, it occurs more often than with singles. And as you look for that perfect person, it might serve you right to get someone who you can get close enough to be best friends. And whether you get married, or just move in together, your chances at happiness are way above everyone else’s. Don’t be afraid; marriage has now been scientifically proven to be a good thing for you… at least that’s what the available research suggests. Call your best friend right now and see if they are interested in getting married. Who knows what might happen?