Guess how much time the average American couple spends alone together each day? You’ll be surprised at how low the answer is. That’s just one of the facts about marriage below you might find hard to believe. Here’s something else that’s interesting, you can dramatically change your marriage for the better if you and your husband will commit to spending just 15 minutes of one-on-one time every day.
Here are 10 interesting facts about marriage.
1. Married couples need to spend more time together.
Due to jobs, kids, TV, the Internet, hobbies, and home and family responsibilities, the average married couple spends just four minutes a day of focused alone time together.
2. Marrying a partner from an affair rarely works out.
Over 75% of people who marry partners from an affair eventually divorce.
3. Marrying young is a greater risk.
Marrying younger than age 25 dramatically raises the divorce risk. Also, the divorce risk is higher when the woman is much older than the man, though the reverse isn’t as strong of a factor.
4. Cohabiting before marriage can pose a greater long-term relational risk.
There have been studies that show a higher divorce rate and lower level of marital satisfaction among couples who cohabitated before tying the knot. Several factors could be unplanned pregnancies leading to an ill-conceived marriage, the lack of a definitive decision to commit, and couples who normally would have broken up had they not been living together.
5. People in happy marriages tend to be more productive at work.
Approximately $6 billion in revenue is lost by American businesses as a result of decreased worker productivity linked to marriage hardship. Employees in a happy marriage, in contrast, tend to increase a company’s bottom line.
6. A good marriage makes people feel more satisfied in life.
Marriage does more to promote life satisfaction than money, sex, or even children, say Wake Forest University psychologists.
7. The most crucial element for a happy marriage:
More than friendship, laughter, forgiveness, compatibility, and sex, spouses name trust as the element crucial for a happy marriage.
8. Happiness after marriage depends on what they were like before marriage.
A 15-year-long study found that a person’s happiness level before marriage was the best predictor of happiness after marriage. In other words, marriage won’t automatically make one happy.
9. A majority of people who divorce get remarried within a few years.
Over 40% of married couples in the U.S. include at least one spouse who has been married before. As many as 60% of divorced women and men will marry again, many within just five years.
10. Birth order can influence whether a marriage succeeds or fails.
The most successful marriages are those where the oldest sister of brothers marries the youngest brother of sisters. Two firstborns, however, tend to be more aggressive and can create higher levels of tension. The highest divorce rates are when an only child marries another only child.
Tell us! Which one of these facts surprised you the most?