Great news for all women around the world! A new study finds that ‘when it comes to a happy marriage, the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about the nuptials.’
Deborah Carr, a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Rutgers University thinks that: ‘it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more for her husband, which has a positive effect on his life. Men tend to be less vocal about their relationships and their level of marital unhappiness might not be translated to their wives.’
Most wives would agree with the above statement; women, when they feel more appreciated and valued in a relationship of any kind, feel better about themselves, they quality of the family dynamic and tend to want to do much more in order to keep their partners happy and their children. Ignored, abused or unappreciated women are likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and feelings of low self-worth.
Does this mean that women’s happiness depends on the men in their lives? Certainly not. Happiness can come from everything and everyone, and from within own selves. However, humans interconnect with each other and when they exist in a satisfying and fulfilling union with one another, they naturally feel more content, safer and they have a strong network of support both emotional and mental.
The 394 couples that took part in the study were questions on their relationship quality, whether they felt like their spouse appreciates them, argues with them, understands their feelings or gets on their nerves. They were also asked to rate their happiness during activities such as shopping, when doing housework, or watching TV.
Carr reported that: ‘for both spouses being in a better-rated marriage was linked to greater life satisfaction and happiness. The quality of a marriage is important because it provides a buffer against the health-depleting effects of later life stressors and helps couples manage difficult decisions regarding health and medical decision making’
Feel free to pass this on to your significant others, either as a hint, or tied to a ton of bricks dropped on their heads!