Marriage and friendship
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be In Any Rush To Get Married
Here’s the good news: People who get married report being happier over the course of their lives than those who stay single, according to a recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Spouses are the happiest, the paper found, when their life partners are also their best friends.
But it gets better than that. If your partner is also your best friend, you don’t actually need to be married to reap the benefits of the relationship.
The increased happiness levels the researchers found to be linked with marriage held true for best-friend couples who lived together too, even if they weren’t married.
People in a relationship who saw their significant other as their best friend and either lived with that person or married them were happier than couples who saw their best friend as someone outside of the relationship.