Bossy Women Can Lead to Unhappy Men
A study had to be called off after a husband was too depressed to continue agreeing with his wife.
For research purposes, a husband was asked to agree with everything his wife asked and said without complaint. The man was informed of the study while his wife was not. The study, designed by the researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, had to be called off less than two weeks later because the husband was too miserable to continue.
The cruel study
For the study, the quality of life of both participants was measured using a scoring scale of one to 10. The man's quality of life score drastically dropped from 7 out of 10 at the start of the study to mere 3 in 12 short days. The woman's increased a bit from 8 to 8.5 at six days.
Though a small, isolated study, the researchers concluded that we need to be right to be happy. "It seems that being right is a cause of happiness, and agreeing with what one disagrees with is a cause of unhappiness," said authors of the study published in British Medical Journal. "The results of this trial show that the availability of unbridled power adversely affects the quality of life of those on the receiving end.
Several other studies prove to have a secret to marriage happiness:
Wives have the upper hand?
Research from University of California Berkeley and Northwestern University found that wives who cool off quickly after an argument have the happiest marriages, even if hubby is still moping. Ironically, the scientists discovered that if the husband tries to cool off first, the wife will criticize him for trying to fix things too quickly. (Of course, any man who has tried the phrase, "Calm down, woman!" in a fight already knows he's in for a long night.)
Study: couples are happiest three years after wedding
The U.K. law firm Slater & Gordon found that married couples are happiest in their third year of marriage after polling 2,000 people. The survey found that a couple's first year of marriage was typically filled with post-wedding happiness, and the second year of marriage was dedicated to getting to know each one another.
Interracial marriage: acceptance growing
As CNN reported, the rate of acceptance on interracial marriage is on the rise. And while such "intermarriages" continue to grow, so too does public acceptance of such unions, according to the study by the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project.
Married women drink more than their husbands
Marriage doesn't necessarily make you want to drink more. However, a study reported by Huffington Post found that wives are influenced by her husband's alcohol consumption and drink more because men consume more alcohol than women. Men, meanwhile, spend less time with their drinking buddies and more with their wives after marriage, causing them to drink less than their single guy friends.
Married people are healthier and live longer
Research from Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati found that married people live longer than those that cohabit. The researchers looked at the national health survey data of nearly 200,000 people, taken from 1997 to 2004, and found that the rate of mortality among men in cohabitating relationships dropped by 80 percent, while the rate dropped 59 percent for women.
Do you have any secrets for marriage happiness?