How does marriage make you happier?
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Posted November 08, 2018 08:25:50 It might seem a bit strange to say that marriage is a source of happiness.
But a new study has found that a high proportion of Australian adults report feeling more happy and fulfilled after a relationship break-up than they did prior to the break-ups.
The research was carried out by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote equality and respect for people with disabilities.
It was published in the Australian Journal of Psychiatry.
The findings were drawn from interviews with almost 1,000 Australians, and included the results of a questionnaire that included a number of questions including the impact of a relationship breakdown on people’s happiness.
“The results show that people report feeling happier and more fulfilled following a break-down than prior to break-downs, and that the relationship break ups also have an impact on people in their 20s,” AIFS President Dr Peter Lewis said.
“People report feeling less lonely and more connected with their partners after a break up, as well as being happier about the quality of their relationship.”
Dr Lewis said it was important to recognise that people often felt lonely and isolated at the time of a break down.
“Some people have experienced break ups as a form of rejection.
We have to recognise the process of breaking up can cause people to experience a loss of social and emotional stability,” he said.
Dr Lewis told News.co.au that while he believed marriage and relationship breakdowns were a significant part of life, a more complex relationship breakdown could also have a significant impact.
“We need to understand how the break up impacts on the individual and their emotional well-being, and how to minimise those impacts.”
The AIFs study also found that couples who had previously been together reported lower levels of happiness after a breakup than those who had not been in a relationship before. “
This may lead people to engage in behaviour that has been linked to substance misuse and other problems.”
The AIFs study also found that couples who had previously been together reported lower levels of happiness after a breakup than those who had not been in a relationship before.
“It is also important to remember that many people who have experienced a break apart are not experiencing the loss of a romantic partner or partner, but rather the loss and subsequent isolation of a significant other,” Dr Lewis added.
The study found that two thirds of Australians said they felt more unhappy after a divorce, compared to only one in 10 who felt less unhappy after an initial relationship break up.
Dr Russell said that while it was possible to avoid some of the negative outcomes of a breakup by getting to know your partner better and being able to work out how to work through any issues, it was a long term process that was likely to have an effect on both parties.
“What you have to remember is that the effects are long-lasting and cumulative, so it’s important to seek help for the people who are in a break between you,” he explained.
“As a partner you’re going to be more vulnerable to things like substance misuse, and as a person you’re more likely to be feeling lonely and disconnected from family and friends.”
‘A bit strange’ to say, but that’s exactly what I thought it was when I saw this research, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the research.
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Posted November 08, 2018 08:25:50 It might seem a bit strange to say that marriage is a source of happiness.But…