Women with no spouse or children are happier, expert says

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Have you run out of reasons – or even patience – when your relatives and friends meddle with your decision to stay single?

Now, you can finally answer back citing evidence recently revealed by a behavioral science expert that unmarried or childless women are the happiest subgroup in the population.

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According to a report, Paul Dolan, professor at the London School of Economics, who spoke at an event last May 25, said that latest evidence showed that the traditional markers used to measure success no longer applies in the society today — particularly marriage and raising children.

“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,” Dolan said; citing an evidence from the American Time Use Survey which compared the levels of pleasure and misery in unmarried, married, divorced, separated, and widowed individuals.

But when the spouse is not around, they would probably say that their life is miserable, said Dolan, who is also tagged as a leading expert in happiness.

“We do have some good longitudinal data following the same people over time, but I am going to do a massive disservice to the science and just say: if you’re a man, you should probably get married; if you’re a woman don’t bother,” Dolan said.

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According to him, men benefit from marriage because they “calmed down”, they take less risks, earn more money and live longer. But women, in the marriage, has to put up with that.

Dolan affirmed that “the healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children.”

However, Dolan said that with the existing narrative that marriage and children are signs of success, the stigma could lead some single women to be unhappy.