Sure, get hitched and you’ll lose some personal freedom (and the chance to ever again finish a joke), but you’ll gain something better: a sense of personal success. When 2,000 adults were asked how happy or successful they felt, 60% of spouses rated higher than singles. “Success isn’t just about fortune or fame,” says study rep Mark Maguire, “but feeling you have the right mix of friends, family, social networks, and a sense of community.” We’re not suggesting you run out and put a ring on it—but at some point, even a wolf of Wall Street is happier sharing his den.

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