Study suggests honeymoon phase is real

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A new study published in a recent issue of Social Science Research explores the truth behind a period in a marriage called the “honeymoon phase,” where couples report an unmatched period of happiness with their marriage and partner, a Huffington Post article reported on December 12.

Assistant professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, Spencer James, tried to determine patterns of marital quality by evaluating data from a survey that included questions about satisfaction within marriages. He found that almost all marriages start out on the highest point, during which support from friends and family is at its maximum. Through time, however, marital happiness declines, but with rates that vary based on a wide range of different factors, such as ethnicity and income.

Establishing and accepting the fact that marriage may consist of surprises and challenges, not just bliss and delight, contributes greatly towards a longer, happier union. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder is willing to help Austin couples maneuver the challenges that married life has to offer. Call 512-659-8600 to schedule a consultation with her.