Sigmund Freud once said that you need to get two things right in your life in order to be happy. You need to get work right, but more importantly, you need to get love right.
A good marriage is one of the life factors most strongly and consistently associated with happiness. Much of the apparent benefit of being in a good marriage is that it provides a real and long lasting dependable companionship, which is a basic need for human beings.
However, nothing in life has the ability to break your happiness more than being in a bad relationship.
In the book “The Happiness Hypothesis,” Jonathan Haidt, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, says,
“Conflict in relationships, such as having chronic conflict with your spouse is one of the surest ways to reduce your happiness. You never adapt to interpersonal conflict. It damages everyday, even days when you don’t see the other person but ruminate about the conflict nonetheless.”
If you’re in a bad relationship, then no matter how much wealth you have, how healthy you are, or how much you love your work, you will always find it very difficult to be happy.
If you want to be extremely happy, make sure you get the love part of your life right.