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Study: Married People Are Happier

Tuesday, 13 December 2005 12:00 AM

Married people are happier than others even when they are not happily married, according to a surprising new study from Cornell University study.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 700 people and found that the stronger the commitment, the greater the sense of happiness and well-being.

Married people had the highest sense of well-being, whether they were happily married or not. Next on the scale of happiness and well-being were people who were living together, followed by people in steady relationships and those in casual relationships.

"Some commitment appears to be good, but more commitment appears to be even better," said study author Claire Kamp Dush, a postdoctoral fellow with the Evolving Family Theme Project of the Institute for Social Sciences at Cornell.

The finding that even people in unhappy marriages had a high sense of well-being and happiness may be due to the benefits they derive from the stability, commitment and social status of marriage, Kamp Dush said.

"Even when controlling for relationship happiness, being married is associated with higher self-esteem, greater life satisfaction, greater happiness and less distress, whereas people who are not in stable romantic relationships tend to report lower self-esteem, less life satisfaction, less happiness and more distress."

The findings were published in a recent issue of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

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