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Single ladies – the secret of happiness should never be put a ring on it.
Women who have never married and have no children, are the most content and longer life than their married peers, according to Paul Dolan, a behavioral science professor at the London School of Economics.
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Dolan, a best-selling author, whose most recent book, “Happy Ever After: Escape to the myth of the Perfect Life,” analyzed data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), found that married people said they were happier in general, but only when their partner was within earshot.
Women who are not married and never have children are happier and healthier according to the data from a survey conducted by a behavioral science professor at the London School of Economics.
“Married people are happier than other subgroups of the population, but only if their partner is in the room when they are asked how happy they are. When the husband is not present: f–g miserable,” Dolan said at the Hay Festival in Wales on Sunday, according to The Guardian. “We have a number of good longitudinal data for the same persons at the time, but I’m planning to do a huge disservice to the science and just say: if you’re a man, you should probably marry; if you’re a woman, don’t bother.”
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Married men take less risks and “calm down” and therefore healthier than their single colleagues, while the women do not have the same benefits. The health of women was particularly affected by the marriage, but the middle-aged, married women reported more mental and physical problems than single beds.
“You take less risk, you earn more money, and your life a little bit longer. They, on the other hand, has to put up with that, and she dies rather than if she never married. The healthiest and happiest population sub-group are women who never married or had children,” Dolan said.
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Despite the fact that never married may be better for women in general, there are still stigmas associated with never tying the knot, Dolan explained.
“You see a single woman of 40 who never have children — ‘Blessing, which is a shame, isn’t it? Maybe one day you will meet the right man and that will change.’ No, maybe she’ll meet the wrong guy and that will change. Maybe she will meet a man that makes her less happy and healthy, and die sooner,” he said.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post.