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Trophy Wife? She Doesn't Really Exist

Successful men typically end up with successful women

(Newser) - Before you assume the attractive woman married to the rich guy is a trophy wife, read this: A new study finds that stereotype is largely a myth. The belief goes that, when it comes to mates, rich men care about physical attractiveness more than any other attribute (like level of... More »

Reporter Investigates ... Her Own Marriage Proposal

Maryanne Firth's boyfriend knew the mysterious signs would pull her to scene

(Newser) - Maryanne Firth, a reporter in Welland, Ontario, didn't mind that it was her turn to work last weekend. She'd finally get to learn what was behind the mysterious pink heart posters that started popping up all over town in late April: New ones had recently arrived alongside their... More »

You and Your Spouse May Have Similar DNA

But new study finds your education level similarity is likely much stronger

(Newser) - You may have more in common with your spouse than you think—like DNA, a new study suggests. Scientists came to their conclusion, published yesterday in the journal PNAS , after reviewing data on 9,429 non-Hispanic whites, a group that included 825 wedded couples. The bigger number of the study:... More »

For a Better Marriage, Mind Your Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar linked to marital discord

(Newser) - "If couples have a sensitive topic to discuss, it would be really smart to do it over dinner or better yet after dinner," say researchers who have linked low blood sugar to marital hostility. "They should definitely not do it on an empty stomach." Researchers tracked... More »

Study: Marriage Is Good for Your Heart

Those who say 'I do' seem to have fewer problems

(Newser) - A new study says getting married could be good for your heart. After surveying 3.5 million women and men across the nation, researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center concluded that marriage lowers the risk of heart disease by 5%. And apparently, marriage was most beneficial to those younger... More »

Florida Moves to Ban Under-16 Marriages

Rep. cites case of 13-year-old groom

(Newser) - Floridians too young to drive should be considered too young to get married, even if they're not too young to have made a baby, a Florida lawmaker says. Rep. Cynthia Stafford, a Democrat, has introduced a bill to scrap a law that allows people 15 or younger to marry... More »

Shacking Up Before Marriage Not a Ticket to Divorce

Study found age when you live together, married or not, matters most

(Newser) - In a study that throws conventional wisdom to the wind, a sociologist now says that shacking up before marriage isn't tied to divorce, in what is ostensibly good news for the two-thirds of marriages where cohabitation precedes the wedding day. Researchers and social commentators have proclaimed the existence of... More »

Almost Half of Millennial Moms Aren't Married

And other facts about the generation

(Newser) - Millennials are getting married later and at a slower pace than previous generations—in part because of economic harships—and that's leading to a lot of babies born out of wedlock. Roughly 47% of the millennial women who had babies in 2012 weren't married, compared with 35% of... More »

Women 'Marrying Down' in Record Numbers

At least in terms of education, says Pew survey

(Newser) - A new survey by the Pew Research Center points out a milestone of sorts: For the first time, the percentage of women marrying a man with a lesser education is greater than the percentage of men marrying a woman with a lesser education. It's close, 21% vs. 20%, but... More »

Pope Shares Secret of Lasting Love

'Never end a single day without being at peace with each other'

(Newser) - What's more romantic than getting together with ... the pope. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Pope Francis addressed a crowd of engaged couples in St. Peter's Square and gave advice on how to have a happy marriage—though, of course, he's celibate. "It's important... More »

Ladies, Go Get a Husband— Who Earns More Than You

Susan Patton: 'You're not getting any younger'

(Newser) - Love it or hate it, it's Valentine's Day and that means, ladies, it's time to find yourself a husband. That's the word from Susan Patton at the Wall Street Journal , who notes you're probably spending much too much time on your career and not nearly... More »

In Marriage, Equal Roles Means Less Sex

Egalitarian couples are often happy but have less sexual chemistry, experts say

(Newser) - Marriages in the US are more egalitarian these days when it comes to work, household chores, and even extramarital affairs, but that may not be good for married people's sex lives, writes Lori Gottlieb at the New York Times Magazine . She took a year of marital-therapy training and learned... More »

Commuting Could Destroy Your Marriage

Longer rides linked to higher break-up risk: study

(Newser) - If it takes you or your partner 45 minutes or more to get to work, treat your marriage with care: It's 40% more likely to fall apart, according to Swedish researchers whose nationwide study looked at couples from 1995 to 2005. You may, however, have less to worry about... More »

How to Have a Happier Marriage: Don't Have Kids?

Study finds child-free couples report more satisfying relationships

(Newser) - One way to keep the love alive in your marriage? A new study out of Britain suggests not having kids could do the trick. Research by Open University has found that childless people reported having better, happier, more fulfilling relationships and feeling more valued by their partners, the Telegraph reports.... More »

One Key to a Happy Marriage: Drink Together

Or abstain together, but make sure 1 partner isn't unequal: Study

(Newser) - Newlyweds hoping for a long and happy marriage might pay attention to their drinking habits: Couples who drink roughly the same amount are less likely to divorce than those in which one of the two is a heavier drinker, according to a new study spotted by NBC News . It's... More »

Pope Wants Your Thoughts on Gay Marriage

Vatican sends bishops questions on contraception, divorce

(Newser) - The Vatican has issued a request to national bishops' conferences worldwide ahead of a synod next year: Tell us what your region thinks about contraception, divorce, same-sex marriage, and other social issues. The National Catholic Reporter calls the questionnaire a "wide-ranging poll of Catholics," though the Vatican has... More »

On Kids, Life, and Marriage, Look to the Dutch

Not getting married isn't seen as an inferior life choice: Katie Roiphe

(Newser) - A visit to the Netherlands convinced Katie Roiphe at Slate that the Dutch have a much healthier attitude toward marriage than Americans. She sums up the view from Amsterdam thusly: "Marriage is not for everyone; it is a personal choice, an option, a pleasant possibility, but not marrying is... More »

Treat Your Marriage Like Software Code

Says David Auerbach, a married software engineer

(Newser) - No software code is free of bugs, and no marriage is free of hitches. Fortunately, in both cases, those issues can be addressed—using techniques that are surprisingly similar, writes David Auerbach at Slate . He should know: He's a software engineer, and so is his wife. A few of... More »

Marriage Is a Big Advantage for Cancer Patients

Other forms of support just not the same: Virginia Postrel

(Newser) - A recent study found that being married can boost your chances of surviving cancer —and cancer patients who are married understand exactly why that is, writes Virginia Postrel on Bloomberg View . "Friends are nice, but they are rarely equivalent to a spouse. The level of on-call commitment and... More »

Turkey Bans Studio Apartments ...

... in apparent bid to boost the nation's marriage rate

(Newser) - Turkey this month put new building rules into effect that outlaw studio apartments. The government swears it's to cut down on people illegally renting them out to tourists, but Vocative reports that critics see a thinly disguised ulterior motive: Leaders want to discourage people from living alone and instead... More »

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