Are Young, Married, Childless Couples The Happiest?

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If you're happy and you know it, well, chances are you're young, married and childless. If you're British, that is.

Initial findings from the U.K.'s Understanding Society study show that young, hitched couples without kids had the most satisfying relationships. The survey is tracking 40,000 households over the next two decades to get a better handle on people's lives, experiences and, presumably, bucket lists. MyDaily: Flirting With Danger: 3 Reasons Why Women Cheat More Than Men

Other findings: Older couples were less content than their younger counterparts, with women experiencing a greater decline in happiness than men, according to the research.

And living with your significant other doesn't have quite the same effect on your endorphins as being married does, with married couples happier than their cohabiting peers. Might this have something to do with getting over the drama of putting a ring on it?

Among the factors that apparently helped set the foundation for happiness in a relationship: being with a partner for fewer than five years, and having a college education. (Those never-ending student loan payoffs sure can bond two people together like nothing else, can't they?)

But hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet doesn't add to the joy of marital bliss—instead, it seems to hinder it. Researchers found that couples with pre-schoolers were the unhappiest, but they became more content as their youngest child grew up. We're presuming this is only the case for those who didn't have another baby ... MyDaily: Women Who Earn More Than Men: A Girl's Guide To Being The Bigger Breadwinner

Another finding from the tell-us-something-we-don't-know department: Unemployment can also get in the way of how content couples are.

As for kids, growing up in a single-parent household and having younger siblings apparently interferes with overall joie de vivre.

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