Monday 22 January 2018

Study finds the 'secret to a happy marriage'

Senior Couple Enjoying Sunset at the Beach
Senior Couple Enjoying Sunset at the Beach
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A new study claims to have found the secret to a happy marriage.

Researchers at Georgia University quizzed 468 married people questions relating to their finances, communication style and how 'grateful' they felt towards their partner.

The study came to the conclusion that levels of gratitude can consistently predict how happy a marriage is.

Lead researcher Allen Barton said that the results "go to show the power of 'thank you'".

"Even if a couple is experiencing distress and difficulty in other areas, gratitude in the relationship can help promote positive marital outcomes".

Associate professor Ted Futris added that the study "found that when couples are engaging in a negative conflict pattern like demand/withdrawal, expressions of gratitude and appreciation can counteract or buffer the negative effects of this type of interaction on marital stability".

"This is the first study to document the protective effect that feeling appreciated by your spouse can have for marriages".

"We think it is quite important as it highlights a practical way couples can help strengthen their marriage, particularly if they are not the most adept communicators in conflict".

So the secret to a happy marriage? Say 'Thank You' more often!

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