If I understand them, the big names do not put marriage or children up there as solutions. The big novelists, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, for example, or others, turn to the higher power, or to booze, or gambling, or adultery, etc. If we sit around and Wait for Godot (Samuel Beckett), it's a waste, unless we enjoy sitting around doing nothing.
Enjoyment is the best antidote, is how I see it. We are here, may as well enjoy it.