“Would I be happier?” – Research on divorce and happiness
One large stufy of unhappily married people followed them over five years and found that those who divorces were no happier than those who remained married. For example, divoce did not reduce or eliminate feelings of depression, raise self-esteem, or increase a sense of mastery/ This was the case regardless of income, race, sex, or age. Second, the researchers also found that two-thirds of those who stayed married over the five years reported that their marriages had improved. Interestingly, those who were in the least happy marriages at the time of the first interview reported the most dramatic turnaround.