Bearing Tricky Patches Could Be Good for Marriage

Bearing Tricky Patches Could Be Good for MarriageBearing Tricky Patches Could Be Good for Marriage

If your marriage is going through a tricky patch you are better off sticking it out, new research suggests.

A study from the UK’s Marriage Foundation has found that couples who stayed together through difficult periods ended up happier.

In particular, researchers found that the majority of couples who went through an unhappy stage after the birth of their first child, felt fulfilled a decade later. Analyzing data from 10,000 parents with newborn children in the UK, they found that 70% stayed together despite feeling unhappy.

 However, ten years later, 68% of the couples felt happy, reported.

Contrary to popular belief, it seems you might be better off grinning and bearing it through to bad times.

Harry Benson, from the Marriage Foundation highlighted that, “staying in an unhappy marriage could be the best thing you ever do.”

“Most marriages have their unhappy moments, but apart from the fortunately extremely rare cases where the relationship involves abuse, most couples can work through the difficulties to be happy later on,” Benson explained.

Sir Paul Coleridge, a former High Court judge and the founder of Marriage Foundation called the new study “really important, myth-busting research,” considering the current increasing rates of divorce and family breakdown in the UK. Currently 34% of marriages end in divorce before their 20th anniversary.


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