However, a startling fact also emerged: happy teens are more likely to divorce.
But teens who received two positive ratings were also significantly more likely to divorce than those with one or no positive ratings.
While 20.4 percent of this happiest group had divorced at some point (of those who had been married), 16.5 and 16.3 percent of those with one or no positive ratings divorced, respectively.
In a divorce, the leaver has emotionally taken the first steps to leave the marriage. She is emotionally detached at times, angry at times, nostalgic at times.
She has probably been lonely and emotionally starved and dying for the intimacy for a long time.
The leaver must be patient with the person rejected because he or she is hurt and anger.
The person left needs time to catch up emotionally and assimilate the breakup of the marriage.Based on the answers, the group was divided into three: those with none of the positive markers, those with one, and those with two or more.Then at ages 36, 43, and 53, researchers went back to the same people to measure their incidence of mental disorder, life satisfaction (participants rated themselves), and social lives.It rated many things–conduct, behavior–and a handful of questions.Typical outcomes for happy kids are up to their mid-fifties, and they were 60 percent less likely to have any mental disorder at all.And given the devastating effect of mental disorder on people, their families, and society, it’s a huge difference.