Marriage vs Cohabiting Good news for commitment-phobes: A new study found getting married won't make you any happier than just living with your guy.
By Korin Miller
For the study, researchers from Cornell followed 2,737 single men and women-896 of whom got hitched or moved in with a partner during the study. Over the next six years, they were polled on happiness, health, and how much they socialized with friends and family.
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Researchers found that all couples had a honeymoon period right after they got married or moved in together-they were happier and less depressed than those who stayed single. But eventually, both the married couples and cohabitators had less contact with their friends and family than single people, which can definitely put a dent in your social life.
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The study also found that couples who just lived together had bigger leaps in happiness and more self-esteem than they did when they were living alone. Married couples also were happier than before, but didn't get the same big boost. The study didn't delve into why, exactly, this was, but scientists guessed it had something to do with feeling like you have more personal freedom and less obligations when you don't have a ring on your finger.
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The takeaway? If your mom is pressuring you to tie the knot with your live-in man, point out that you're happier and more confident with the status quo. When the time is right for both of you, you'll make a move.
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