Unmarried And Childless Women Are The Happiest People
There’s a lot to say about what makes us, women, happy.
According to Professor Paul Dolan, a behavioral science professor at the London School of Economics and self-proclaimed “happiness expert”, there are some things to follow and some things you need to avoid in order to achieve this happiness.
He is the author of Happiness by Design, and he says in his book that the true secret to happiness lies in our behavior. Dolan has carried out a long research that investigates the causes of human happiness and the consequences, and his most recent research suggests that the happiest group of people are single, childless women.
Even though he admitted that having children can be “an amazing experience” for some, he noted that it just “isn’t for a lot of people”, and it can bring misery to many women.
The professor believes we are living our lives by narrative, and we turn out lives and aspirations into “stories”, even though those narrated stories don’t necessarily bring us happiness. For example, women are often told that we need to get married or have children, because that’s what women traditionally do.
Dolan, however, believes that it’s time for people to break these expectations and seek experiences that bring us purpose and pleasure.