Science May Hold The Secrets To A Long And Happy Marriage

In 1950, only 34% of women worked outside the home, with presumably a good chunk of the remaining percentage dedicating their time to raising children. However, that percentage jumped to 60% by 2010. Yet despite women's increased participation in the labor force, they are usually still expected to take responsibility for most of the household chores and childcare. Here's an important fact for anyone hoping to stay married for the long haul: One study found that heterosexual married couples in which men do more household chores are less likely to divorce. The study showed that sharing housework may be the key to a happier marriage. Wondering how scientific research can help keep your relationship strong? Check out these videos.

Is A Happy Marriage In Your Genes?

Variations in one specific gene might affect your sensitivity to relationship conflict.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. One longitudinal study found that couples' satisfaction with their marriages didn't necessarily correlate to the emotional environment of the marriage. 00:41

  2. A variation on the serotonin transporter gene may cause someone to be more sensitive to different emotions. 01:43

  3. Genetic variances result in slight biases that aren't immediately obvious from instance to instance. 03:21

Is Sharing Housework The Answer?

Splitting dish duty (and other household chores) could be the key to happily ever after.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. According to a 2012 study, 58% of women in the U.S. work. 00:02

  2. Heterosexual married couples in which men do more household chores are less likely to divorce, according to a study. 01:34

  3. The more time men spend with their children, the happier both partners are with the relationship, according to a study. 01:40

Rom-Coms, Talking and Kissing...

One study found that watching romantic comedies and discussing them was as effective as therapy.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. One study found that all a couple needs to do to stay together is watch sappy movies and talk about them. 00:36

  2. Dr. Gary Chapman lists five "love languages": words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. 01:54

  3. Those who frame their relationship as a unity have more dismal romantic outcomes than those who frame their relationship as a journey. 04:52

The History of Marriage

The concept is so old it pre-dates recorded history.

Written by Curiosity Staff July 12, 2016

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