With Valentine's Day being celebrated around the world today, an international poll released on Wednesday showed that more people feel happy and financially secure if they are in a relationship than being single.
Nearly 80% of more than 18,000 adults questioned in an online Ipsos poll in 15 countries who were part of a couple said they were happy, compared with 67% of singles.
Canadian couples were the most content at 90%, compared with 53% of Hungarians, according to the survey by the independent market research firm.
"Based on our research, people in relationships say they're happier," said Janis Gilman
, global marketing director for Ipsos.
But she added that the survey grouped singles with divorcees and widows, which are "all factors that play a negative role in one's happiness and financial security."
, 53% of singles said they were happy, compared with 77% of people in a relationship.
In the United States
, 74% of singles said they were happy, compared with 89 % of people in a relationship.
Couples were least happy in Hungary
at around 50%. Argentine singles and couples tied, with 65% in both groups saying they were happy.
"This could have gone either way, given the trials and tribulations that can come from either circumstance. Being in a relationship could have a lot of positives and negatives," Keren Gottfried
, senior research manager at Ipsos, said in an interview.
In addition to happiness, being in a relationship also has a positive impact on financial security, according to the poll.
Swedes reported the highest level of financial security of any country and the greatest gap between singles and couples. Sixty percent of couples felt their financial situation was strong, 20% more than singles.
and the United States
followed with the next highest percentages of both singles and couples saying they thought their finances were strong.
In the United States
, 42% of couples said they felt financially secure, compared with 27% of single people.
and South Korea
tied for the lowest sense of financial security for singles, with only 11%.
, more singles than couples reported their financial situation was strong.
Ipsos conducted the online poll between December 4 and December 18, questioning 500 or 1,000 people, depending on the country. The credibility interval is +/- 3.5 percentage points for a survey of 1,000 and +/- 5.0 percentage points for a poll of 500 people.