Want to live happily ever after? Researchers thought they had the secret almost a hundred years ago. We stumbled upon this October 1933 issue of Reading Eagle newspaper, reporting on a University of Chicago survey that gathered information on happiness in marriage. Among the findings:
- The longer the courtship, the better the chances for lifelong married happiness
- …but only within the period of one year (this was 1933, after all!)
- But don’t jump the gun, either. For every three months less than a year, the chances of married happiness diminish by 30 percent.
- Father knows best when it comes to advice on a prospective partner—those who take Dad’s advice will be happier than if they ignore it.
- Ignore Mom—things don’t work out so well when taking her advice, according to the article. (No word on whether those about to be married should think about what they themselves want).
Google has an archive of the newspaper here.
If you accidentally research yourself even earlier back in time, as I did, you may find this list of marriage advice from a suffragette, written in 1911:
What do you think—are there nuggets of wisdom in these ancient pieces of marriage advice, or is it seriously outdated?