Statistics show that 40 to 50% of married couples in the U.S. end up getting a divorce, and even though many couples don’t think that something like this will happen to them, sometimes it’s just inevitable.
We’ve come across a study that may help couples avoid arguments and misunderstandings, and the study has come up with some pretty interesting results.
According to a study conducted by Rutgers, the more satisfied the wife is in a long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life.
The trick involves a woman’s psychology, as women tend to do more for their partners if the marriage is successful, so this has a positive effect on the husband’s life.
Carr and Vicki Freedman, a research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research co-authored a study on marital quality and happiness among older adults, and the study examines personal feelings of both spouses to determine how these marital appraisals influence the psychological well-being of older adults.
The researchers analyzed data of 394 couples in which at least one of the spouses was 60 or older and the couples have been married for 39 years on average.
The couples were asked several questions in order to assess marital quality, such as whether their spouse appreciates them, argues with them, understands their feelings, etc. They were also asked to keep detailed diaries about how happy they were in the previous 24 hours doing activities like shopping, watching TV, or doing household chores.
Men involved in the study rated their general life satisfaction higher than their wives, and Carr said that being in a better-rated marriage was linked to greater life satisfaction and happiness for both spouses.
She noted, however, that the study found that while wives became less happy if their spouses became ill, the husbands’ happiness level didn’t change or reflect if their wives got sick.
The researchers said that the study is important because the quality of a marriage can affect the health and well-being of older individuals as they continue to age.
So, the conclusion of the study is that even though the husband’s level of happiness might not have the same impact on the quality of marriage, the wife feeling unhappy can be very destructive to the relationship.