Marriage chances of the unhappy

Ruut Veenhoven
In: Ruut Veenhoven & Aldi Hagenaars (eds) 'How harmfull is happiness? Consequences of enjoying life or not' Universitaire Pers Rotterdam, 1989, The Netherlands, ISBN nr. 90 257 22809, chapter 6

This chapter checks the claim that happiness harms social bonds, marriage in particular. It is shown that happiness rather benefits marriage. Married people appear typically happier than singles, and the difference seems partly due to a positive effect of happines on marriage chances. Unhappiness is a handicap in love, both because it is mostly a disadvantage in intimate encounters and because it is detrimental to the development of psychological characteristics that are crucial in modern marriage.

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