The holidays can make you feel pretty miserable about your single status, but fear not, because science has some good news for you.
Apparently, unmarried women are actually happier than those who are married. The Guardian stated that unmarried and childless women are the happiest subgroup ever.
This is according to behavioural science professor Paul Dolan.
He even claimed that unmarried women will live longer than their married peers.
The happiness expert said, “We do have some good longitudinal data following the same people over time, but I am going to do a massive disservice to that science and just say: if you’re a man, you should probably get married; if you’re a woman, don’t bother.”
He explained that marriage helped men calm down, however, women didn’t benefit as much. Marred men take fewer risks and even live longer.
“She, on the other hand, has to put up with that, and dies sooner than if she never married. The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children,” he added.
So, if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps about your bare engagement finger then cheer up because it turns out being unmarried is actually way better than we expected.
However, if Ryan Gosling was to turn up and pop the question, we’d have to take one for the team and say yes.