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Research into well-being shows that one of the best predictors of happiness and well-being is being married. In this section we outline some of this evidence, explain why it seems to be the case and look at why escalating expectations may, paradoxically, be undermining marriage.

Recent research shows that having children makes people less happy or at least not any happier than childless couples. In this section, we will look at this surprising finding, the so-called 'delusions' of parenthood, parenting experiences as well as useful resources.


As we get older, our need for identity and independence leads us to seek support out with the family unit. In this section, we will look at how we develop friendships, the benefits of having friends and look at friendship in relation to well-being.


Most people view their relationships with their pets as positive and less demanding than human relationships as they feel they don't have to put in as much effort into pleasing their pets as they would otherwise do with humans. In this section, we will look at the health benefits of animal companionship and the case for animal-assisted therapy.

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