Is marriage a key to a long-term happiness?
Almost all of us want to settle in marriage. People who reached late early adulthood are in a hurry to find someone to marry with.
But what is in there? What makes people want to enter into a long-term relationship? Do married people happier than the single ones?
To answer these questions, Shawn Grover and John Helliwell conducted a study. They surveyed more than 300,000 people in Europe.
The paper was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.
The findings suggest that married people were happier and had a higher level of well-being than single people.
In addition, married couples who treated their partners as their best friends were even happier.
The findings support the hypothesis of the authors. Married people are happier and more satisfied than single, separated, divorced, or widowed.
However, the previous findings alone could not explain why some marriages never survived. Although the sample was considerably large, it can’t account the overall population of married people.
Cultures around the world may have different approaches to being married. As a result, cultural differences may have defined long-term happiness in marriage differently.
But regardless of how it is perceived, married couples can achieve long-term happiness in many ways.
Below are some of the practices you can employ in your married life.
1. Greet your partner lovingly
Regardless of how long you stayed together as couples, you should maintain sweetness. Before going to sleep at night or getting out of bed in the morning, just greet your partner. Remind them how grateful you are for having them beside you. The key to a long-term happiness in marriage is staying positive and loving.
2. Send sweet text messages
Some studies found that technological advancement rips relationship. But this does not necessarily mean that yours will suffer too. In fact, you can use modern technology to boost your relationship. Connect with your loved one through your cell phone. Send sweet text messages such as “I miss you”, or “I can’t wait to see you tonight.” This will help your relationship stay exciting.
3. Compliment your partner
One of the reasons why many marriages fail to achieve long-term happiness is because of the failure to appreciate each other. No matter how small the favor is, you need to compliment your partner. Saying “Thanks for making the dinner” is enough. This simple appreciation is what your partner wants to hear from you. And it will not cost you a dime.
Long-term happiness in marriage is dependent on both parties. This means that the two of you should work on it. But you don’t have to wait who will start the effort. Make the first move.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.