Listen up, husbands.
It turns out the way your wife feels about your marriage is a pretty good indicator of how you’ll feel about life in general.
If she’s happy, you’re happy.
If she’s not, good luck.
Those are the findings of a new study from both Rutgers and University of Michigan sociologists.
“There’s a lot of research showing one of the biggest predictors of happiness is actually being happily married,” says Deborah Carr, professor of sociology at Rutgers University.
But she and fellow researcher Vicky Freedman, of the University of Michigan, wanted to go a little deeper than that.
“Most of this research, if not all of this research, focuses on only one partner in the marriage: They look to see whether your marital satisfaction was linked with your overall happiness,” says Carr.
“But what was missing was a partner’s view on the marriage, and so that was really our point of departure. We know that husbands and wives often give very different assessments of their marriage,” she laughs.
So they studied responses from older couples: Both partners were over the age of 50, and at least one partner was 60 or older.