By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 27 December 2013
(c) Associated Newspapers Limited (Mail Online), 2013
Bachelors take note. When it comes to success, it seems the secret is not wealth or fame but that little ring on your finger. Married people are more likely to feel successful than those who are merely in a relationship, a survey has found.
This may be because many of us feel that success is not simply about money, said the researchers. Instead, it is about achieving what we want in life, from strong friendships to good health.
The news may make interesting reading for well-known bachelors such as George Clooney. The Hollywood heart-throb – who was wed to actress Talia Balsam between 1989 and 1993 – has said he is happy not being married because he ‘wasn’t very good at it’.
Clooney, 52 – who recently split from model Stacy Keibler and has a long-standing bet with actress Michelle Pfeiffer that he will never get married – has also told how he is in no hurry to start a family, asking: ‘Should I go, “I got to get me some kids right now!” and rush out and impregnate someone?’
The Happiness Poll of 2,000 adults, by GE, found 52% were either happy or very happy with their personal levels of success. This rises to 59% of those living in Scotland, the highest of any region in Britain, and falls to just 42 per cent of Geordies, the lowest in the country. And while 60% of those who are married or in a civil partnership consider themselves a success, this falls to 52% of those living together, suggesting marriage is seen as an achievement in itself.
Less surprisingly happiness with personal levels of success rise as a person gets older perhaps because they can look back on what they have done, said the GE poll. It does not merely depend on cash in the bank, it seems, as the happiest people in Britain are those with the best balance between work and life, with time to spend with friends or family.
More than three in four (77%) of those aged 55 and over say they have the balance compared to just 58% of 16-24 year olds who say they feel ‘balanced.’
The poll also explored the importance of four aspects to getting the balance right: being good at something, networks of friends and family, health and community interests like politics, the environment or charity.
Health was considered the most important factor for personal happiness overall though younger adults considered socialising the biggest factor in their happiness.