Mind The “Happiness Gap” 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’s very important … especially for the ladies. Researchers studied the effect of the “Happiness Gap,” 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 “Happiness Gap” 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 “Happiness Gaps” 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 “Happiness Gaps” 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’t have a career and a husband if you want to be happy. Womp womp. [Daily Mail]

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