Does marriage really make you happier?

As a matter of fact, yes.  (Sorry, singles!)  Time and again, research has shown that overall, people who are married are happier than those who are not.   Taking that one step further… the happiest marriages are those where the quality of the marital friendship is high.  In other words, being each other’s “best friend” contributes significantly to happiness, as couples travel through life’s ups and downs together.  Being each other’s “best friend” requires trustworthiness, honesty, time, and attentiveness.  What is the best gift you can give your spouse or partner?  Your love and friendship!  Treat your partner like your best friend!