Women are happier without children or a spouse, says happiness expert

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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle...ess-expert

EXCERPT: . . . Speaking at the Hay festival on Saturday, Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, said the latest evidence showed that the traditional markers used to measure success did not correlate with happiness – 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. When the spouse is not present: fucking miserable,” he 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; if you’re a woman, don’t bother.”

Men benefited from marriage because they “calmed down”, he said. “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 dies sooner than if she never married. The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children,” he said. Dolan’s latest book, Happy Ever After, cites evidence from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS)... (MORE - details)
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He: What day of the month is it?
She: I’ve already explained this to you many times. The progesterone is not making me cranky. It’s that the estrogen makes me more tolerant during the rest of the month. What part of that don't you understand? Wink
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(May 28, 2019 05:14 PM)C C Wrote: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle...ess-expert

EXCERPT: . . . Speaking at the Hay festival on Saturday, Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, said the latest evidence showed that the traditional markers used to measure success did not correlate with happiness – 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. When the spouse is not present: fucking miserable,” he 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; if you’re a woman, don’t bother.”

Men benefited from marriage because they “calmed down”, he said. “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 dies sooner than if she never married. The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children,” he said. Dolan’s latest book, Happy Ever After, cites evidence from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS)... (MORE - details)

I’ll see your happy and raise you the secret for female happiness .

My wife is one happy gal. Then again Jimmy Soul once sang that if you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife. 

What a dilemma but not so if each spouse thinks the other is uglier than they are. Problem solved.
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Marrying the wrong person is bound to lead to unhappiness. At one stage I dreamed of marrying my first girlfriend (we were together for four years) - I met her a few years after we split up and didn't even like her (by then I would have been 22).
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