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VALENTINE’S DAY 2016

Should you marry your best friend? Science says yes!


It turns out, the Friendzone is a great place for someone you want to be with for the rest of your life. A study done by John F. Helliwell and Shawn Grover of the The National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that "those who are best friends with their partners have the largest well-being benefits from marriage and cohabitation."

Their research shows that while all people experience a dip in their life satisfaction at a certain age, married people—especially those who said "I do" to their best friend—are more insulated to the effects of things like a mid-life crisis.

Apparently, there's basis for all the romantic comedies that depict an awkward attraction between people who are initially friends—but evidently, a platonic bond gone romantic isn't disastrous. Survey says the friendship strengthens the relationship and it even boosts life satisfaction.

"One's partner provides unique social support for each challenge one faces in life," Helliwell and Grover write, noting that the effects of a great friendship goes beyond their initial individual happiness as single people.

Even when factors such as sociability, income, education, and health status are thrown in the mix, data shows that people who consider their spouse or partner as a close friend "get almost twice as much additional life satisfaction."

Long-term couples who live together with their partners post similar results as those who chose to push through with a wedding. The important thing is that you're singing Jason Mraz's tune, no matter how cheesy: You're in love with someone who you feel is your best friend.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The study also remarks that people who are happier on their own tend to attract more people and are more likely to marry.

Furthermore, it shows that "those who marry are more satisfied than those who remain single," but being married to someone you consider your best friend still gives the highest level of satisfaction. It's not enough just to get married. Friendship is key.

Helliwell and Grover used datasets from Annual Population Survey (APS), the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and the Gallup World Poll (GWP). The first two are centered on the United Kingdom, while the GWP is a "a cross-country and cross-sectional dataset." — Aya Tantiangco/BM, GMA News

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