Saturday 24 March 2018

Can scientific advice save your marriage - and bring you flowers?

Science may not have all the answers, but empirical research can help divorce-proof your marriage

“Can data really prevent divorce (and do you want it to?)”
“Can data really prevent divorce (and do you want it to?)”
Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

Can you divorce-proof your marriage? Is there a way, scientifically, that you can ensure, after you take your wedding vows, that both you and your partner keep to them for the rest of your lives?

Chances are, if you're anything like me, you don't even remember what those vows were. And it's also probable, if you are like the majority of stressed-out brides and grooms-to-be, that the importance of the content of the marriage vows fell far behind the content of the wedding cake.

In my day, sometime during the last century, I certainly attended a few weddings where the bride and groom had hand-crafted their own wedding vows (I promise to bring you tea and toast in bed each morning; promise to massage your feet at least twice a week) but in the main, my contemporaries usually preferred the old stand-bys of "for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health".

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice