Single and Happy?
In the usa alone, around half of adults are unmarried, according to recent surveys. But studies can only paint broad strokes, Maddux pointed out. Life satisfaction is an extremely complicated concern, he said. And the more we research it, the more nuances we see. Importantly, Maddux said, romance – – or having less it – – is just one factor in overall contentment. Research suggests that genetics accounts for a lot: That’s, we are born with certain personality traits, and people who are naturally anxious or pessimistic, for example, are less likely to feel just like life is good. However, Maddux said, the items we can control do make a siginificant difference in life satisfaction. And the goals we pursue – – whether in relationships, lifestyle or career – – all matter. (more…)