Getting married can help you stay happy

Getting married could go some way to ensuring people stay happy as they age. This is the suggestion of a new study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, which has shown that while those who tie the knot may not necessarily be more cheerful than when single, having a long-term partner can protect against declines typically seen throughout adulthood.

Investigators from Michigan State University discovered individuals who get hitched go against the grain and do not tend to see their happiness levels dwindle when they get older - which is what often happens to people living alone.

Steve Yap, a Researcher in the Department of Psychology at the learning institute, noted: "Our study suggests that people on average are happier than they would have been if they didn't get married."

The report also showed there is no evidence to suggest personality traits such as neuroticism and conscientiousness enable adults to deal with major life events, such as marriage.

Chartered psychologist Ingrid Collins says:

"It has long been proven that married men enjoy a better level of health and wellbeing than their single counterparts. This evidence from Michigan State University now looks at measures of happiness and finds that both men and women  in long term marriage are happier than those who haven’t tied the matrimonial knot.

"As people age, physical attractiveness becomes less important than the comfort of sharing love and confidences with someone you know really well, and hopefully experience the profound stability that grows in strength and assurance the longer the partners are together.

"Marriage vows, taken with sincerity and deep affection, give a strong message to both partners that as old age advances on them the one is always there to care for the other.  The psychological understanding that you are in a safe relationship with someone who really cares as you grow older must be the greatest source of happiness."