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Romantic relationships are challenging, rewarding, confusing, and exhilarating--sometimes all at the same time. Should you take things slowly at the beginning or dive right in? Can things stay hot in the bedroom even after years of being together? What happens when one of you wants to use a holiday bonus to invest in Bitcoin and the other wants to go on a vacation?
The answers aren't always clear, but when it comes to marital satisfaction, science has some interesting things to offer. Children are one of the most fulfilling parts of life. Unfortunately, they're hell on relationships. Numerous studies, including a survey of 5, people in long-term relationships, show that childless couples married or unmarried are happiest. This isn't to say you can't be happy if you have kids--it's just to understand that it's normal to not feel happy sometimes. Many couples put pressure on themselves to feel perfectly fulfilled once they have what they've always wanted a long-term partnership with children , but the reality of kids is that they're very stressful on relationships.
If you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with, you're also just as married as them. According to research out of Brown University , you're 75 percent more likely to get divorced if a friend or close relative has already done the deed. When it's someone one more degree of separation out the friend of a friend , you're 33 percent more likely to get divorced. Researchers had this to say on the ramifications of the : "We suggest that attending to the health of one's friends' marriages might serve to support and enhance the durability of one's own relationship.
Psychologists like Dr. Herb Goldberg suggest that our model for relationship is backwards--we tend to expect things to go smoothly at the beginning, and for problems and conflicts to arise later. In fact, Dr. Goldberg argues that couples should have "rough and ragged" beginnings where they work things out, and then look forward to a long and happy incline in the state of the relationship. Research agrees: a Florida State study found that couples who are able to be openly angry in the beginning are happier long-term.
According to lead researcher James McNulty, the "short-term discomfort of an angry but honest conversation" is healthy for the relationship over the long haul. There's an entire body of research on how your birth order impacts your life, including your relationships as well as professional success. One of the happiest pairings for couples?
Someone who was the youngest child with someone who was the oldest. Researchers hypothesize this may be because the relationship has one person who enjoys being taken care of, and one who's used to taking care of others. According to a UCLA study , couples who agree to share chores at home are more likely to be happier in their relationships. An important caveat: couples who have clearly defined responsibilities are far more likely to be satisfied. In other words, when you know what to do and what's expected with you, you tend to be happier both yourself and with your spouse.
This might be a good thing to sit down and discuss in the new year, especially if you're newly cohabitating. In a recent study of 5, people, researchers found that gay couples are " happier and more positive " about their relationships than their heterosexual counterparts. Straight couples made less time for each other, and were less likely to share common interests and communicate well. If you're going to be hetero, though, you're better off being feminist. Research out of Rutgers shows that both men and women with feminist partners are more satisfied in their hetero relationships.
The name of the study? Levels of attractiveness within couples has long been the subject of debate not to mention song lyrics. According to a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , when husbands view their wives as the more attractive of the pair, not only are they more satisfied in the relationship, but the wives are, too. The opposite was not true--when husbands thought they were better-looking, they weren't as happy.
The National Bureau of Economic Research did a study demonstrating that marriage, on the whole, le to increased levels of happiness they controlled for premarital happiness. Perhaps more telling was the finding that people who consider their spouse to be their best friend are almost twice as satisfied in their marriages as other people. In , Facebook released a report that analyzed 1. The conclusion? Couples with overlapping social networks tended to be less likely to break up--especially when that closeness included "social dispersion," or the introduction of one person's sphere to the other, and vice versa.
In other words, the best-case scenario is when each person has their own circle, but the two also overlap. The two biggest things couples fight about are sex and money. When it comes to the latter, it's well-known to psychologists as well as social scientists that for some reason, people tend to attract their spending opposite. Big spenders tend to attract thrifty people, and vice versa. A University of Michigan study corroborated this. Researchers found that both married and unmarried people tend to select their "money opposite"--and that this causes strife in the relationship.
The happiest couples tend to spend money in a similar way, whether that is saving or indulging. One of its main conclusions: "[S]exual activity enters strongly positively in happiness equations. Anyone who has been in a relationship can attest to this one, but now there's research to confirm it: A study in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that when couples celebrate their partner's accomplishments as if they were their own, they're more satisfied in the relationship.
And it's true; there's nothing quite so satisfying as having your partner be loudly and enthusiastically in your corner when you do well. It is thre, hundreds of tiny thre, which sew people together through the years. Top Stories. Top Videos. Getty Images. According to research, the happiest couples are those who:. When it comes to the big stuff, don't let an emoji take the place of your actual face. Are comprised of one first-born child and one last-born child. If hetero, are comprised of a lovely lady and a not-as-lovely man.
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