22 May Mind The _ã–Happiness Gap_ã If You Want To Keep Your Love Alive
How important is it for both partners in a relationship to be equally happy to make it last? According to a new study done at Deakin University in Australia, it_ã_s very important … especially for the ladies. Researchers studied the effect of the _ã–Happiness Gap,_ã a theory which states that the bigger the difference in satisfaction levels between spouses, the bigger the chance for splitsville. The study surveyed thousands of married and unmarried couples in Britain, Germany, and Australia and found that a big _ã–Happiness Gap_ã was only a relationship dealbreaker if the woman was more unhappy than her man. Married women who were miserable were more likely to file for divorce than unhappy hubbies. They also found gaping _ã–Happiness Gaps_ã in couples that were living together but not married, where the woman did most of the housework, came from a different social background from her man, or made more money than the man. They found much narrower _ã–Happiness Gaps_ã in couples that came from similar social and religious backgrounds or where the woman was a housewife, student, or retiree. Conclusions? Men, make sure your woman is the happier one in the relationship. Oh, and help with the housework. And women, don_ã_t have a career and a husband if you want to be happy.
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