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They say marriage is not for everybody... well it turns out that what that might really mean is that it's not for women.

有人说,婚姻并不适合所有人……嘛,事实证明,这句话可能实际上是指婚姻并不适合女性。

That's according to a professor of behavioural science from the London School of Economics who spoke about women's happiness at the Hay Festival this weekend.

此说法出自英国伦敦经济学院行为科学系某教授本周末在海伊文学艺术节上,谈及女性的幸福时所发表的言论。

Professor Paul Dolan, a 'happiness expert' told festival-goers that the desire to settle down and start a family may actually have a negative impact on our wellbeing.

“幸福专家”保罗·多兰(Paul Dolan)教授对参加该艺术节的活动者们如是说,想要安定下来组建家庭的这种渴望实际上会给我们(女性)自身的幸福带来负面影响。

However this is the opposite for men, as they benefit from marriage due to it making them 'calm down' and take less risks.

然而对男性来说情况则正相反,由于结婚可以让他们“冷静下来”,且男性在婚后所需承担的风险更少,他们反而在婚姻中更受益。



He said: "The healthiest and happiest population sub-group are women who never married or had children.

他表示:“最健康最快乐的人群是那些一辈子不结婚或不生养孩子的女性。”



"Married people are happier than other population sub-groups but only when their spouse is in the room when they're asked how happy they are," he explained. "When the spouse is not present: f***ing miserable."

多兰解释道:“已婚人群(会说自己)比其他人群更幸福,那是在其配偶在场的时候被问及是否幸福时,人们才会这么说。配偶一不在场,人们的回答往往则是:丫糟透了。”



Even with all the benefits of staying single and childless, Dolan acknowledges that having a partner and a baby are viewed by some as signs of success, and this could lead some women to feel unhappy and as if they are failing if they don't manage to find them.

多兰也承认,尽管未婚未育有很多好处,但结婚与否和有无孩子仍被部分人视为衡量女性成功与否的标准,这可能会使一些单身女性感到不快乐,就好像她们找不到伴侣就是失败者一样。

He added: "You see a single woman of 40, who has never had children [and you think], 'That's a shame isn't it, maybe one day you'll meet the right guy and that'll change'.

他补充道:“如果你看到一个从未生养过孩子的40岁单身女性,[你心里会觉得]好可惜啊,也许有一天你会遇到合适的男人,然后改变你现在的状况哦。”

"No, maybe she'll meet the wrong guy... maybe she'll meet a guy who makes her less happy and healthy, and die sooner."

“不,也许她会遇到错的男人(然后这也会改变她的一切)……也许她会遇到个让她更不快乐、更不健康、死得更早的男人也说不定。”

Certainly something to think about.

这的确是要好好考虑一下。