Brooks said couples in long-term marriages are ‘significantly more content’ than those who are unmarried.
‘Marriage is tremendously important,’ he said. ‘We have a tendency to think of ourselves as rational individuals who are driven by economic motives, but in fact we are social individuals, driven by the need for relationships.’
He has calculated the ‘psychic benefit’ of a long marriage at £65,000 a year.
His estimate of the financial value of marriage is even higher than that of social researchers who look at the cash differences between married and unmarried people.
Both official and independently-produced figures show that married couples are better off than others, including couples who live together.
Mr Brooks, author of a new book, Social Animals, added: ‘Joining a club that meets once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income.’
No comments yet.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.