New study says friendship is the link between marriage and happiness

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A new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research connects the happiness of marital relationships to friendship, Business Insider reported on January 8.

The study found that people who regard their partner as their closest friend are about twice as happier and more satisfied with their lives and marriages compared to others. In particular, the study highlighted middle-aged people, asserting that this demographic stands to benefit the most from the support that a healthy relationship can give. In general, the specific support that a romantic partner can offer potentially helps both people through life’s great challenges. Friendship between partners, it seems, is key to this equation.

Marriage and life-satisfaction have always been profoundly intertwined. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder can help you learn the tools you need to keep the friendship and support within your relationship thriving. Call her Austin office at 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment with her.