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10 Interesting Facts About Marriage


Guess how much time the average American couple spends alone together each day…  how about four minutes!  That’s just one of the facts about marriage below you might find hard to believe.   Here’s something else that’s interesting, you can dramatically change your marriage for the better if you and your husband will commit to spending 15 minutes of one-on-one time every day.  

1. Due to jobs, kids, TV, the Internet, hobbies, and home and family responsibilities, the average married couple spends just four minutes a day alone together.

[When you have more time to spend with your husband, try these!]

2. Over 75% of people who marry partners from an affair eventually divorce.

[10 ways to affair-proof your marriage.]

3. Marrying younger than age 25 dramatically raises the divorce risk. Also, the divorce risk is higher when the woman is much older than the man, though the reverse isn’t as strong of a factor.

4. The probability of a first marriage ending in a divorce within 5 years is 20%, but the probability of a premarital cohabitation breaking up within 5 years is 49%. After 10 years, the probability of a first marriage ending is 33%, compared with 62% for cohabitations.

[Cohabit facts]

5. Approximately $6 billion in revenue is lost by American businesses as a result of decreased worker productivity linked to marriage hardship. Employees in a happy marriage, in contrast, tend to increase a company’s bottom line.

[The death-defying power of a happy marriage.]

6. Marriage does more to promote life satisfaction than money, sex, or even children, say Wake Forest University psychologists.

7. More than friendship, laughter, forgiveness, compatibility, and sex, spouses name trust as the element crucial for a happy marriage

8. A 15-year-long study found that a person’s happiness level before marriage was the best predictor of happiness after marriage. In other words, marriage won’t automatically make one happy.

9. Over 40% of married couples in the U.S. include at least one spouse who has been married before. As many as 60% of divorced women and men will marry again, many within just five years.

10. Birth order can influence whether a marriage succeeds or fails. The most successful marriages are those where the oldest sister of brothers marries the youngest brother of sisters. Two firstborns, however, tend to be more aggressive and can create higher levels of tension. The highest divorce rates are when an only child marries another only child.

[How birth order matters in parenting.]

Resources: 20 Deep Questions to Ask Your Husband

20 Fun Questions to Ask Your Husband

Pillow Talk: End your day talking with your child

 Who do you like to hang out and talk to the most?

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