A new study conducted by Michigan State University's Department of Psychology suggests that marriage prevents people from experiencing a decline in happiness throughout their adult life.

One of the study's researchers says their findings suggest "that people on average are happier than they would have been if they didn't get married."

Based on data from thousands of participants in a long-running British survey, the researchers found that married people won't necessarily feel happier than when they were single, but their satisfaction rates won't dip as low as those of their single counterparts. This doesn't mean that married folks experience spikes in happiness, either, but rather they maintain a steady level of satisfaction throughout adulthood.

Not exactly the stuff fairy tales are made of... What are your thoughts on these findings?

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