You wouldn’t rather be with anyone else, but taking time apart from your spouse could be key to longevity. According to a study by psychologist Terri Orbuch written up in The Wall Street Journal’s “Need Space in a Relationship? Just Don’t Say It That Way? “ , 29 percent of couples said they needed more “me” time (373 married couples were surveyed over 25 years). Women found it more difficult than men to find solo sanctuary; namely due to responsibilities taking care of children, elders, or seeing friends.
Also striking: Of those couples who found themselves “unhappy” in their relationships, not enough alone time beat out an unsatisfactory sex life!
Keep up the sex and then one of you PLEASE get out of the bedroom.
Lots of <3,
One husband and wife research team is committed to finding out whether eating one two many In N’ Out burgers is keeping stress levels in your relationship elevated. Will they prove that the couple that eats well together, stays together? Find out what they’re up to here: http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Food_and_Nutrition_690/Is_Fast_Food_Ruining_Your_Relationship.shtml
Lots of <3,
I came across these interesting stats on seniors and online dating from Kate Forgach, a baby boomer consumer specialist for Kinoli Inc, and thought I’d share:
-Based on a report from the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 16-million unmarried Americans were 65 and older.
-Between 2006 and 2007, there was a 140-percent increase in senior online dating.
-According to a 2011 international study conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute and funded by eHarmony, middle-aged men and women were the most likely people to use online dating sites.
Age, I suppose, knows no bounds when clicking your way to love. It makes me happy to hear that online dating has been so successful for older men and women! Read my other posts on online dating here.
Lots of <3,
Skills-based relationship programs are proven to help embattled marriages, especially for those couples who fall in the low-income bracket, according to a study by Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM). SMH surveyed spouses in four different, six-15 week long “Relationship and Marriage Education” programs and found that they exhibited more positive behavior toward their spouses than their peers in a control group. Increased marital happiness and less relationship distress were also noted as byproducts of the educations programs.
“…after decades of family breakdown trends, this is encouraging news,” says Healthy Relationships California (HRC) Vice President Patty Howell about the early findings. “We know that skills-based Relationship and Marriage Education can make a very big difference in people’s lives and in family stability.”
Would you be open to marriage education? Talk the poll.
U.S. News just published a story on why marriage could make you happier, and who doesn’t want a little more sunshine in their lives? Here are some other interesting findings touched upon:
-The relationship you had with your parents can predict if your marriage will be successful. Yikes?!
-Marriage makes you healthier. Santé!
-Married women are waiting longer to have children. Not so fast baby carriage!
The greatest decline in happiness in a marriage transpires in the first few years, the article points out. Acceptance, mutual support, and realistic expectations will be key in getting you through good times and bad.
Lots of <3,