Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Women are reportedly their happiest when they are not married and have no children


IllustrationIllustration - While society often dictates that people should achieve certain milestones like marriage and having children in order to achieve happiness, this expert has recently pointed out that some of us can still be happy without following societal standards.

According to The Independent, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics (LSE), Paul Dolan, spoke at this year’s Hay Festival about the happiness levels of different demographic backgrounds.

Based on his findings, Professor Dolan concluded that “long-established, traditional symbols of success” were not always related to levels of happiness. He found that while men appear to benefit from marriage because it can “calm them down”, women are reportedly their happiest when they are not married and have no children. 

He was quoted as saying, “The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children.”

He cited studies that showed some financial and health benefits for both men and women who are married, as marriage can allow people to take risks and seek medical help due to higher incomes and better emotional support.

While married men are found to gain more health benefits, married women are more or less unaffected in terms of health. 

However, middle-aged women do reportedly have a higher risk of developing physical and mental health conditions than single middle-aged women.

However, Professor Dolan did point out that single women can also feel unhappy due to the social stigma of not achieving traditional markers of success.

Apart from that, the professor also stated that having children can be damaging to one’s wellbeing.






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