Should you expect the best marriage, with an intimate, deep, and romantic connection, where both partners aim to please? Or should you plan for the worst, and be pleasantly surprised if things turn out ok?
Psychologists disagree if having high expectations will lead to more satisfying marriage, or will it just send you down the path of disappointment.
Expecting a lot can make a marriage more satisfying, the study finds, but if people can’t meet those expectations — whether for lack of time, effort or social skills — the relationship will suffer.
James McNulty, a professor of psychology at Florida State University, conducted a study tracking the happiness of 135 couples for 4 years beginning from when they were newlywed.
Read this article on NPR to find out the results of his study.
The trick, then, is to demand enough of the marriage but not too much, after the honeymoon glow has faded.
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