A new study has revealed that women who remain single and don’t have children are the most content and outlive their married counterparts, according to Fox News. Paul Dolan, a behavioural science professor at the London School of Economics, conducted the research and found that married people said they were happier overall but only when their partner was within earshot.
“Married people are happier than other population subgroups, but only when their spouse is in the room when they’re asked how happy they are. When the spouse is not present: really miserable,” Dolan said.
“We do have some good longitudinal data following the same people over time but I am going to do a massive disservice to that science and just say: If you’re a man, you should probably get married but if you’re a woman, don’t bother.”
According to research and studies, married men take fewer risks and “calm down” making them healthier than their single counterparts, whereas women did not see the same benefits. While middle-aged married women reported more mental and physical problems than single ones, women’s health was mainly unaffected by marriage.
“You take less risks, you earn more money at work and you live a little longer. She, on the other hand, has to put up with that and she dies sooner than if she never married. The healthiest and happiest population subgroups are women who never married or had children,” Dolan stated.
Regardless of the fact that never tying the knot may be better for women overall, there are still stigmas associated with never getting married. “You see a single woman of 40, who has never had children — ‘Bless, that’s a shame, isn’t it? Maybe one day you’ll meet the right guy and that’ll change.’ No, maybe she’ll meet the wrong guy and that’ll change. Maybe she’ll meet a guy who makes her less happy and healthy, and die sooner,” he concluded.
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