“Being married makes people happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who remain single – particularly during the most stressful periods, like midlife crises,”The New York Times reports.
The study found those who consider their spouse their best friend get two times the level of life satisfaction than others.
“People who are married can handle midlife stress better than those who aren’t because they have a shared load and shared friendship,” Helliwell says.
Helliwell sums it up: “Maybe what is really important is friendship, and to never forget that in the push and pull of daily life.”
Pew Research Center estimates 25% of today’s young adults will have never married by 2030 (the highest share in modern history), and that’s going to be an issue, as the divide affects income, family stability and now, as research has shown, happiness and stress levels. Stable relationships “seem to be less achievable for the least advantaged members of society,” The New York Times writes.