Have you ever thought about happy marriages? What can be done to keep a marriage strong? Have you noticed that when a wife is happy and flutters around the home, everyone around her feels good?
Each of the family members – her husband, children, grandchildren, even her pets – get enough love and care. It turns out that these life observations have scientific confirmation. There is a study that offers insight into the link between marital quality and well-being.
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The more content the wife is with her marriage, the happier the husband is with his life
The connection between the quality of marriage and the partners’ well-being has been studied by researchers from the University of Michigan in collaboration with their colleagues from Rutgers University. They have analyzed almost 400 couples who were married for 39 years.
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They were asked to keep a diary throughout a period of 24 hours and note their feelings when they did things together (watching TV, going grocery shopping). Also, they were asked to answer how much their partner irritates them, how often they fight, and whether they appreciate each other and understand their partner’s feelings.
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The results have demonstrated that overall satisfaction with their marriage was directly linked to their general content with life – 5 out of 6 points. Along with this, men gave a higher score to their marriage than women did.
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Scientists claimed that the happier the wife, the more time she gives to her husband and the more she takes care of him. However, men don’t speak much and also they are unable to openly share their feelings and this fact doesn’t allow women to understand their partner’s desires.
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Another interesting observation of the researchers is connected with the impact quality of marriage has on the health and welfare of older people. It turns out that the woman’s mood gets worse when she has to take care of her sick husband as all responsibilities lie on her shoulders. Meanwhile, the man’s level of happiness in a similar situation doesn’t change since the woman will more likely rely on her daughter’s help than her husband’s.
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These conclusions are important because the quality of marriage ensures the couples’ protection from everyday problems, including those connected with health issues and stressful situations.
Is it true? What do you think? Have you noticed something like this happening to your friends or family? Share your thoughts in comments.
The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.