Love & Happiness

Correlation between Love and Happiness

Where does the truth come from that married couples have constantly higher happiness scores than singles? The sociologist professor Claire M. Kampf Dush from the Cornell University and Paul R. Amato from the Pennsylvania State University provide three possible explanations: marriage has a positive influence on your own well-being and the mental health; married couples usually have higher standards of living than singles, furthermore, they experience a stronger social support.
People in a steady relationship have greater self-confidence und higher life-satisfaction. In tendency, they are less prone to stress and illness. Consequently, love provides a breeding ground for happiness. But what about the other way round: Do happy people find love quicker and easier?
Follow-up studies concerning the topics happiness and love confirm what seems to be obvious: happy people are naturally more open than the unhappy. They get to know new people quickly and easily. They have a bigger chance to find and to keep a partner than unhappy people who are sending out less positive signals. Moreover, unhappy people live in the risk that they project their insecurity and dissatisfaction on their partner what might lead to a breakup.
Generally, happy people have more stable relationships. Of course there are rough times occurring in a marriage, as in every relationship. Nevertheless, we can see that the subjective well-being of people increase with the intensity of the commitment. Moreover, stability and safety are important factors for every happy relationship.
Just as many people think about love and happiness, Ruut Veenhoven is interested in this subject as a scientist as well as a human being. Love and happiness concerns everybody. They are in a correlation and mutually beneficial. Love is source of happiness and happiness contains ingredients which love needs as essential flavor.

References:

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  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Oswald Professor of Economics, University of Warwick
  • Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb Professor for International Public Economics, Free University Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ruut Veenhoven Emeritus Professor Social Conditions of Human Happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Prof. Dr. Carmelo Vazquez President of the International Positive Psychology association
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Hassenzahl Folkwang University Essen
  • Dr. Martijn Burger Academic Director Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation
  • Dr. Adam Okulicz Kozaryn Researcher Rutgers University
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