The typical definition of ‘Happiness’ is “The ultimate happiness is the happiness that arises from attaining liberation through practice and cultivation, where one no longer experiences troubles and afflictions, and their mind is free of all burdens. This is genuine and absolute happiness; it is the only happiness worth seeking”.
Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics (aka the happiness expert), examines joy at length in his book, ‘Happy Ever After’.
The book refers to the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) that studied “levels of pleasure and misery” in several population groups such as unmarried, married, divorced, separated and widowed people, the report of The Guardian.
The study claims that women who are not married and do not have children are happier, healthier and live longer!https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Professor Dolan says that marriage improves the lives of men because, “You take fewer risks, you earn more money at work, and you live a little longer.”
But on the other side, women who tie the knot are usually at a higher risk of being diagnosed with physical and mental attacks. “She, on the other hand, has to put up with that and dies sooner than if she was never married. The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children.”
He goes on to add that the regular societal pressure on women to marry and have children is also a source of depression. The reasoning behind this pressure is usually the feeling of being ‘complete’ and happy. But his knowledge on the subject explains that is not the case at all. In fact, the truth is opposite.
Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness, you will get your own happiness.
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