So you aren’t where you thought you’d be in life by now. You haven’t made partner. You didn’t get the contract. You only have 143 Twitter followers, and at least a third are spambots. Have you thought about getting married?
According to GE’s latest Happiness Poll, and also your mother, a ring might be just the ticket. Of the 2,000 Brits surveyed, 52 percent reported being “happy” or “very happy” with their personal levels of success. But while the British may not be an overwhelmingly ecstatic people, they do seem to feel better about themselves once they’re married: 60 percent of respondents in either marriages or civil partnerships “consider themselves a success.” And based on the GE results, which really might have been rigged by your mother, you don’t get the marriage boost just by shacking up: Only 52 percent of those living together felt as good about themselves as their married peers.
So get married, I guess! Or maybe just get older — the study also showed that people are more satisfied with their lives as they age, with 77 percent of adults 55 and over calling themselves “balanced,” compared to 58 percent of 16-24 year olds. And therein lies the good news: Finding love is iffy. But aging is a sure thing.