I was intrigued to read this week that research indicates women are happier following a divorce than their male counterparts. The research, reported in the Journal Economica, was into the ability of people to adapt to change. The report suggested that people are well equipped to adapt to large significant life events such as marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child. I am not sure of the reason, but the research also indicated that unemployment seems less easy to adapt to than those three events.
The key part of the data that caught my eye was the suggestion that following a divorce, women report being more happy than men. One commentator has suggested that women may enter into unhappy marriages and consequently feel much more liberated after divorce. The data certainly suggested that women’s rating of personal happiness when questioned following divorce was much higher than men’s. Whilst men still showed an increase in the levels of happiness (particularly on pronouncement of Decree Absolute, the final decree of divorce) it was less significant.
What this data perhaps shows is that, whilst divorce can be an unhappy process for many, reaching the conclusion of that process and being able to move on with your life is seen by many as a positive event.
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