Why does marriage matter so much? We are, as Aristotle taught, social animals. We are hardwired to connect. That’s why our ties with others— family and friends—end up being so much more crucial to our welfare than things like the size of our bank account or the degree on our wall.
Couples who are on the fence about tying the knot may want to consider new research from the Institute for Family Studies. People who are married are happier than those who are not, based on Gallup surveys of more than 2.5 million U.S. adults collected between March 2020 and November 2023.