People lie about their happiness

  1. Your decision of who you should be with has to be completely yours (unless you already have kids). Your friends and family mean well, but they're just data points.
  2. Read this article to see how people lie.
    1. TLDR: most couples aren't as happy as they say they are once they’re out of the social spotlight and it’s just the two of them. And beware of slightly sketch motels.
  3. Remember: A large percentage of marriages in the US end in divorce. As a nation we don't have a great intuitive sense of who and how to have a great marriage, so don't leave it to others to decide for you.