Study: Wives Who Are Thinner Than Their Husbands Have Happier Marriages

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Does weight really matter when it comes to marital satisfaction? A new study suggests that it does, but not in the way some might think.   

In an effort to examine how body mass index (BMI) affects the “trajectory of marital satisfaction,” researchers followed 169 newlywed couples under the age of 35 for a total of four years. So, what did researchers discover? 

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Do Busy Working Women Have Happier Marriages?

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While one might think a hectic job would put strain on a marriage, a new study has found that working women are actually happier with their marriages when they are shouldering heavy loads at work. 

So what is it about a busy job that makes working moms happier? Researchers think the answer may be as simple as men help out more around the house when their wives are busy. A hectic job “may liberate wives from some of the burdens of juggling the two worlds of work and family life, increasing their satisfaction with the marriage,” says the study by researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and the University of California, Los Angeles. The four-year study of 169 couples was recently published in the Journal of Family Psychology.

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Study: Boredom a Threat to Marriage

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According to a recent study in Canada, many married couples today are bored with wedded life and this boredom threatens the success of their relationship.

"If a close relationships researcher were to approach people on the street and ask, “What is the major obstacle to lasting love?”, we suspect that the most frequent answers would be “conflict”, “betrayal”, “selfishness” and the like,” said researcher Beverley Fehr of the University of Winnipeg in Canada. “We would be quite surprised if anyone replied “boredom” and yet that may be the correct answer.”

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Marriage Keeps Men Out of Trouble?

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For years, studies have revealed the many benefits of marriage. Married men live longer than their single counterparts, they earn more money, they receive more promotions, and they have more sex. Now there is another benefit to add to the list. According to a recent study, marriage also helps keep men out of trouble.  

While researchers already knew that married men are less likely to engage in criminal behavior than single men (35% less likely according to one study), they weren’t sure if marriage was the reason or if aggressive men were simply less likely to get married. S. Alexandra Burt, a behavioral geneticist at Michigan State University, learned that it’s a little of both.

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