According to the results of a British Household Panel Survey that included 9,700 married people and some 3,300 unmarried people living with their partner.

Focusing on your happiness can make your spouse happy as well.

An analysis of the findings published on WebMD, shows that the saying “Happy Wife = Happy Life” may be true… but beyond that, it may also simply mean “Happy Husband = Happy Wife.”

“A married man is significantly more satisfied with his life when his wife becomes more satisfied with hers, and vice versa,” says British researcher Nick Powdthavee.

In fact, the positive impact of having a happy spouse can offset major problems such as unemployment or hospitalization, he says.

However, analyzing the entire population (all respondents were 16-65 years old) – the happiness bias applied strictly to married couples.

Unmarried couples living together didn’t show the same pattern, says Powdthavee.
These findings are also consistent with the research presented by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher on “The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially.”

In the book, the authors present a wealth of information supporting why “married people live longer, have better health, earn more money and accumulate more wealth, feel more fulfilled in their lives, enjoy more satisfying sexual relationships, and have happier and more successful children than those who remain single or cohabit.”

For more on the findings of the British Household Panel Survey, visit WebMD.
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