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We may have suspected it already, but now the science backs it up: unmarried and childless women are the happiest subgroup in the population.
And they are more likely to live longer than their married and child-rearing peers, according to a leading expert in happiness. 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.
She, on the other hand, has to put up with that, and dies sooner than if she never married. Other studies have measured some financial and health benefits in being married for both men and women on average, which Dolan said could be attributed to higher incomes and emotional support, allowing married people to take risks and seek medical help. However, Dolan said men showed more health benefits from tying the knot, as they took fewer risks.
Despite the benefits of a single, childless lifestyle for women, Dolan said that the existing narrative that marriage and children were s of success meant that the stigma could lead some single women to feel unhappy. This article is more than 2 years old.
Behavioural scientist Paul Dolan says traditional markers of success no longer apply. Photograph: Sky. Sian Cain.
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