It is unlikely that the dispute about which is better - family life and huge responsibility, or complete freedom from such obligations and proud loneliness, makes sense. However, you cannot argue against facts. Does marriage really make our lives better? Scientists from Canada believe that this is so. They studied the results of social surveys of 370,000 people in the UK and came to the conclusion that married Britons genuinely consider themselves to be much happier than people completely free from family relationships.
Of course, family is not always a guarantee of happiness. There are exceptions when people don't get along with each other. This is a simple rule of life. However, married couples who took part in the social survey did admit that they feel happy around their spouse. In most cases, they explain this by the fact that their half over time has become the best and most loyal friend. And with such a person it is quite possible to be happy until old age. Scientists believe that such satisfaction with life is due to the fact that next to a family person there is always someone on whom you can rely in absolutely everything.
This rule is true even for those people who are not officially married, but simply live together. The author of the study, John Helliwell, believes that the feeling of happiness increases not only in adolescence or during the "honeymoon", but in many ways it develops during the entire life of two people. In addition, Helliwell emphasizes that marriage can significantly alleviate the midlife crisis, which is very painful for some people. The constant presence of a faithful friend with whom your life is connected, negates the negative effects of almost any crisis and helps to overcome it with minimal losses.
Most surprisingly, experts came to the conclusion that married men are more satisfied with life than single ones, even though over time the positive effect of marriage diminishes, and passion sometimes transforms into mutual respect of partners for each other. Scientists also noticed another interesting addiction: those people who are more satisfied with their lives are more likely to find happiness in marriage. The research results were published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.