According to a new study that was conducted by researchers at London’s Kingston University, women are much more satisfied and happy with their lives after a divorce comes through than their male counterparts.
The recent study was published in the Economica journal and highlights the fact that women are much more content than ordinary for the five years that follow the end of their marriage. In addition, a woman’s happiness after her divorce is even higher than her own average happiness baseline for their entire lives.
The recent study surveyed about 10,000 people in the United Kingdom who were aged between 16 and 60. The researchers questioned the participants over a period that lasted for nearly 20 years. Participants had to rate their own happiness levels before and after the major milestone of their lives. While men were slightly more happy after their absolution, the increase was minimal compared to the contentment levels of women who participated in the same study.
According to Professor Yannis Georgellis, who is the Director of the Centre for Research in Employment, Skills and Society, the study accounted for the fact that divorces usually have negative financial connotations for women. Despite the fact that women may have undergone more financial stress in the period following their divorce, they still appeared to be much more happy than men. Researchers suggested that one plausible explanation for the differences could have to do with the fact that women who were in an unfulfilling marriage possibly felt liberated after their divorce.
Generally, women have a better support system in place both before and after the divorce which I believe makes the transition that much easier says Todd Spodek who is a noted NY uncontested divorce attorney.
The recent study also examined a process that is termed adaptation. This simply means the way in which people adjust to their new life’s circumstances. In addition, the researchers revealed that most people will quickly respond from major events that may be perceived as traumatic, like being widowed. On the other hand, unemployment was a major life event that had a much more lasting negative effect on the wellness of both sexes. According to researchers, men were most hardly hit after losing their jobs, and unemployment had a lasting impact on a person’s happiness that persisted for up to five years.
Professor Georgellis explained the findings by indicating that perhaps, as breadwinners in the home, men were much more emotionally affected by losing their job. While the old adage that time heals everything may hold true to divorce, the saying does not seem to apply to a person who loses their income and their career. As a matter of fact, the negative associations of losing a job and becoming unemployed persist through new employment because a person may feel mentally scarred.