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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...

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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...

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Troubled marriages may cause heart disease, study concludes

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The lead researcher of a recent study that correlated negative marriages to heart disease risk asserted that older couples, not just younger couples, could benefit from marriage counseling, the Huffington Post reported on November 24. Although there have been many studies establishing links between low-quality marriage and the risk of heart disease, a new population-based study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior confirms this connection. The study analyzed five-year data on 1,200 married individuals between ages 57 and 85, and found that older couples whose marriages were unhappy had an increased risk of heart disease compared to those who were happily married. Researchers also discovered that the effects of low-quality marriages tended to have a greater impact among women, likely because they were more likely to internalize negative feelings than men. A happy marriage could mean a lot for your health. Consult with Austin-based marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder to learn how to reap the benefits of a happy, healthy marriage. Call 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment with her...

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Economic challenges of divorce

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It is natural for couples to argue at times. However, some might be facing deeper, more emotionally straining marital challenges that may leave them thinking that divorce is the only healthy solution left. Although that may be true for some couples, many still try to recover whatever’s left of the union for a variety of reasons, including economic considerations. One of the reasons why many couples try to save their union instead of ending their marriage straightaway is the economic challenges that singlehood poses. Divorce may cause a drop in income for both parties who are earning separately. As such, the financial effects of singlehood may be damaging, especially to those who have to provide for their children in addition to paying fees from the divorce and building a new household. Salvaging one’s relationship sometimes may merely depend on the couple’s eagerness to work things out. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder from Austin may be able help you rejuvenate your relationship. Call 512-659-8600 to set up an appointment with...

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Couples of the same age more likely to stay together

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An online report by The Atlantic published on November 9, presented a study that showed marrying someone your age may contribute to a longer, happier marriage. The study, which collected data from more than 3,000 polled couples in the U.S. who were recently married and divorced, found that couples with smaller age gaps were more likely to stay married than couples whose ages were far apart. According to the report, decreased age differences may mean more shared cultural reference points and familiar life experiences. Although age difference is considered one of the many predictors of how long a marriage might last, experiencing a long and happy marriage requires not just an understanding of statistics and science, but a deep, profound intention to love and care for each other, no matter what the circumstances might be. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder from Austin can help you maintain the strong, loving connection that keeps your relationship alive. Call us at 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment...

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Cheaper weddings may point to longer marriages

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For those of you who regret not splurging more on your big day, a study conducted by a pair of economics professor at Emory University has revealed couples who spend less on their wedding tend to enjoy longer marriages than those who spend more, CNN reported. Believed to be the first academic research to scrutinize the connection between wedding expenses and duration of marriage, the study involved 3,151 individuals in the U.S. who are, or have been, married. The study found out that couples who spent $5,000 to 10,000 on their wedding day tended to stay married longer that those who spent more than $20,000. The researchers were not able to determine exactly why, although they suggested that spending less on a wedding spared the couple from economic burdens that could affect the relationship. The study also revealed that a larger number of guests was associated with a decreased likelihood of divorce. According to researchers, it could be because more wedding attendees might mean more support from friends and family during turbulent times. There are many different formulas for creating a marriage that would last, and every couple is different. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder from Austin is here to help you work for the healthy relationship you want out of marriage. Call her at 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment with...

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