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This isn't to say you can't be happy if you have kids--it's just to understand that it's normal to not feel happy sometimes.
Many couples put pressure on themselves to feel perfectly fulfilled once they have a long-term partnership with children, but the reality of kids is that they're very stressful on relationships.
Research shows you're 75 percent more likely to get divorced if a friend or a close relative has already done the deed.
Attending to the health of one's friends' marriages might serve to support and enhance the durability of one's own relationship.
A few researchers believe couples should have rough beginnings where they work things out and then look forward to a long and happy incline in the state of the relationship.
The short-term discomfort of an angry but honest conversation is healthy for the relationship over the long haul.
Research shows that when husbands view their wives as the more attractive of the pair, not only are they more satisfied in the relationship, but the wives are, too.
The opposite is not true--when husbands think they are better-looking, they aren't as happy.
Big spenders tend to attract thrifty people, and vice versa. Researchers found that both married and unmarried people tend to select their "money opposite"--and that this causes strife in the relationship.
The happiest couples tend to spend money in a similar way, whether that is saving or indulging
When couples celebrate their partner's accomplishments as if they were their own, they're more satisfied in the relationship.
There's nothing quite so satisfying as having your partner be loudly and enthusiastically in your corner when you do well.
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According to a study in Applied Research Quality of Life, single people tend to be happier than the married ones, as they are more socially active.
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The so-called ‘social capital’ is perceived by the singles as a substitute for the affection that a life partner is to provide.
More than that, for individuals who have recently gone through a divorce or the loss of love of any kind, social interactions seem to have particular importance, as they become a synonym for the support that they need in order to deal with the current difficulties.
All in all, making sure that you keep your circle close to you, especially when you are single, can make a significant difference in your quality of life, as you are going to feel happier whenever you are surrounded by your friends, relatives and so on.
So stay positive: being in a couple or choosing to stay single can result in the very same amount of happiness whatsoever.