Are single women without children happy? Psychology says YES!
Sometimes not finding Mr. Right might turn out to be much more fulfilling than you think. Despite all stereotypes regarding a woman’s mission in this world, single ladies without children are perfectly happy remaining that way.
Happiness expert Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics, claims that single women without kids are, in fact, the happiest. As per Psychology Today, the expert argues that while men benefit from marriage, the same doesn’t necessarily apply to women.
According to Dolan, while married men are healthier and thriving, married women have a higher risk of mental and physical complications compared to single ladies. The author of “Happy Ever After” notes:
“The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children.”
The Happiness expert also claims that success may have nothing to do with contentment.
Opposing to society’s idea that career, education, or family-related accomplishments lead to satisfaction, Dolan says that “long-established, traditional symbols of success did not necessarily correlate with happiness levels.” Therefore, nothing is standing in the way of a single woman’s happiness.
What is more, according to a study from data analysts Mintel, women are much more content with being single than men. These findings have a lot to do with the fact that in heterosexual relationships, ladies are often working much harder than their partners.
Emily Grundy, professor at the University of Essex, declares:
“There’s evidence that women spend longer on domestic tasks than men and I think they also do more emotional work — so they still do more housework and cooking and things as well as more emotional labor.”
Furthermore, Dr. Grundy insists that females tend to socialize better, while men rely strongly on their partners. The expert claims:
“Women tend to be better at having alternative social networks and other confidantes whereas men tend to rely quite heavily on their wives for that and have fewer other social ties.”
Besides, many single women are more selective in choosing a partner.
Sometimes it all comes down to the fact that some women take a little more time until giving away their hearts. Instead of falling for the first guy that gives them a little more attention, they prefer to wait until finding the one that will love them just as they are, while also inspiring them to unveil their true potential.
Moreover, research by Kinneret Lahad, titled “The Selective Single Woman as a New Social Problem,” explains that modern selectiveness is a changing concept. While a study from the 19th century claimed that selectiveness was closely related to high moral values, nowadays, it depends on “a multiplicity of factors and relating to different social realities.”
Either way, it seems that many single, childless women are much happier and feel much more fulfilled than married ladies, despite society’s views on the value of a woman’s contentment.