12 Fascinating Facts About Love & Marriage

Adriana Velez | Dec 16, 2014 Love & Sex
12 Fascinating Facts About Love & Marriage

happy couple walkingThink you know everything about love and marriage -- now that you've been on the "inside"? Well, there may be a few surprises left for you. And by that we mean the happy kinds of surprises, the kinds that will make you feel optimistic about the future with your man. Like, have you heard the latest on divorce? Hear us out -- you're going to love it!

Did any of these sound too crazy to be true? Or so crazy they HAVE to be true?

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  • The Divorce Rate Is Dropping

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    You know how for the longest time, all we've heard is how the divorce rate is going up, up, up? Well, that's no longer true! For the past 20 years, divorce has been on the decline. In fact, if the trend continues, two-thirds of marriages will NEVER end in divorce! There are many reasons for the decline: Couples getting married later in life, better birth control, more love matches, and changes in gender roles.

  • Hugging Is Better Than Meds

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    Hugging for at least 20 seconds will give you a dose of the "cuddle hormone" Oxytocin -- which can reduce the pain of a headache for up to four hours! That's why one couples' therapist recommends two long hugs a day for couples. And that's why "not tonight, honey, I have a headache" is a bogus excuse.

  • A Kiss Makes You Live Longer

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    Husbands who kiss their wives every morning live five years longer than husbands who don't. Whoa, that's better than taking a multivitamin -- and more fun! If he forgets, you can always help out by kissing him.

  • Marriage Makes Cents

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    Married people accumulate four times more savings and assets than single people. CHA-CHING! That's some comfort for when you're feeling like having kids is like opening a window and letting all your money blow away. (Or is that just me?)

  • Marrieds Have More Sex

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    Married people have more sex than singles -- but only by 6.9 more encounters per year. Married folks do it a little more than once a week, or 68.5 times a year. Y'all need to start widening that gap a little more!

    More from The Stir: 50 Reasons Why Marriage Rocks

  • Marriage Keeps You Out of Trouble

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    Being in a healthy marriage makes a husband less likely to commit crimes. Marriage can keep you out of trouble! On the other hand, guys who divorce before the age of 26 are more likely to be convicted of a crime within five years. Yikes!

  • Happy Wife, Happy Life

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    When a wife is happy in her marriage, her husband tends to be happier about life in general. Apparently that saying, "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" is true!

  • Marriage Makes You Both Happier

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    What increases your life satisfaction more than kids, money, or sex? Marriage! BUT! This mostly works for people who were happy to begin with. The more joyful and contented you were before the wedding, the more satisfying your marriage will be. It's not a cure for unhappiness!

  • We Marry for the BEST Reason

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    For most Americans, LOVE is the biggest, most important reason to get married -- even higher than "to make a lifelong commitment" and "companionship." Now the big trick is REMEMBERING that reason. Or is it that commitment and companionship become more important over time?

  • This Justifies Indulging in Date Night

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    Couples who have date night at least once a week are more likely to say they're "very happy" in their marriage. But it doesn't have to be expensive. Even seeing a movie together -- WITHOUT the kids -- makes a difference. Couples who watch movies together and then talk about the romantic relationships in the movie are less likely to divorce.

  • The Key to Winning an Argument With Him

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    Couples who say "we" and "us" (as opposed to "I" and "you") during conflicts get better resolutions and feel less stress. It's not about how much you fight -- it's how well you fight. And the key is for both of you to win in the end.

  • Why the Ring Finger Is So Special

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    Ever wonder why wedding bands go on the fourth finger of the left hand? The ancient Romans believed the "vena amoris" (vein of love) ran from that finger directly to the heart. It's not really true, but it's a lovely thought, isn't it?

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