There is a song from the musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” called Happiness. Every line in the song attempts to answer the question, “What is Happiness? How does one get it? If you have ever pondered these questions, then this is the post for you.
It is an American ideal to say that hard work pays off–it brings the American dream, but is that what will bring people happiness, achieving their dream? Some people have written me that relationships are a lot of work. Is chasing happiness a lot of work too?
This study is the third in a series. It is a follow-up post to 15 Secrets to Marital Longevity, the first in the series. After I interviewed the fifteen couples and completed the study, many women (sorry men, they did), wrote me divulging their self-exploration as to whether their relationships were worth the effort. The second post in the series was 16 Ways to Know If He (or She) is a Keeper, a follow-up to that study. By asking themselves the “16 questions,” the women writing me could know whether “he is a keeper” or not.
This post seeks to tweak the question, “What brings marital happiness,” to “What brings happiness?”
I interviewed people of different age groups, genders, and marital statuses to see if there was a disparity in their answers. [Read more…]