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He's 18, She's 71; They're 'Happy, in Love'

Tennessee newlyweds 'knew we were right for each other'

(Newser) - Gary Hardwick says he's always been attracted to older women. In fact, his new wife, Almeda Hardwick, 71—the same age as Gary's grandmother—isn't even the oldest woman he ever dated. Gary, 18, says he was unhappy in a relationship with a 77-year-old woman in June... More »

Here's How Often Happy Couples Have Sex

Once a week is ideal; additional sex has no effect on happiness: study

(Newser) - Couples who constantly " Netflix and chill " aren't necessarily happier. In fact, having sex once a week is just about perfect. That's the takeaway from a new study, based on surveys of more than 30,000 Americans gathered over 40 years, published in the journal Social Psychological ... More »

Study: Parents Who Do This Have Better Sex Lives

The happiest couples tend to evenly divide many child-related duties

(Newser) - Couples who manage to evenly divide child care duties tend to have higher-quality relationships, as well as sex lives. This is the takeaway from a new study being presented to the American Sociological Association in Chicago this week. Researchers interviewed nearly 500 heterosexual couples with kids and found that when... More »

Couple Married 75 Years Dies in Each Other's Arms

Jeanette and Alexander Toczko had been smitten since childhood

(Newser) - Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since. They told their children they wished to die in each other's arms. And last month at their home in San Diego,... More »

Half of Couples Don't Know This About Their Partners

They say they communicate, but a new survey by Fidelity suggests otherwise

(Newser) - For richer, for poorer, for who knows? Nearly half (43%) of couples in serious relationships don't know what their partners earn. And of those, 10% are off by at least $25,000. So finds the latest biannual online survey by Fidelity , which polled 1,051 couples who are at... More »

Want to Nag Your Spouse About Health? Use This Study

If his or her health is poor as you age, your quality of life may suffer

(Newser) - Learning a new language might help you fight the effects of aging, but new research out of the University of Arizona suggests at least two factors affecting your quality of life are out of your hands—and in those of your spouse. Over six years, 8,000 married couples... More »

Having More Sex Might Make You Less Happy

Study asks couples to ramp it up, gets surprising results

(Newser) - You've heard the message, seen the magazine covers: Having more sex will make you happier. A new study out of Carnegie Mellon University, however, suggests that the opposite is true, according to a post at . In their experiment, researchers asked one group of married couples to have... More »

Couple Married 69 Years Dies 8 Hours Apart

'They were never apart,' says son in Ohio

(Newser) - It's another uncanny story about an elderly couple dying just hours apart : In this case, 88-year-old Gene Warrington died on Dec. 27, and his wife of 69 years, Pat, followed eight hours later, reports the Advertiser-Tribune of Tiffin, Ohio. Both had been in hospice, and son Phil tells AP... More »

Couples' Memories Become Intertwined

Their stories are more detailed when they work together: study

(Newser) - Couples may be able to remember together what the individual partners can't. Though studies have in the past suggested that collective recall doesn't work as well as individual, long-term relationships may provide an exception to the rule, io9 reports. In a new study, couples were in many cases... 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 »

Couple, Married for 71 Years, Dies on Same Day

They eloped during World War II

(Newser) - After their first blind date, Nora Schaddel told Robert Viands that she never wanted to go out with him again. It didn't exactly work out that way. Viands persisted, a romance blossomed, and when he was drafted to go fight in World War II, they decided to get married.... More »

Couple Married 65 Years Die 11 Hours Apart

Just days before their 66th anniversary

(Newser) - Relatives of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home 11 hours apart on the same day say their love story's ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage. The Dayton Daily News reports that Harold and Ruth Knapke died in their shared room on Aug. 11,... More »

Tips for Talking Money With Your Spouse

Carl Richards: Financial arguments 'come from surprises'

(Newser) - A financial discussion with your spouse can feel like a minefield of emotional surprises. Financial planner Carl Richards advises you to first have "the conversation before the decision gets made," which "can make a huge difference" in your relationship, he writes in the New York Times Bucks... More »

Living Together No Longer Jinxes Marriage

Also: Half of first marriages end in divorce

(Newser) - Living together before getting hitched no longer spells doom for married couples, says a new government study. In the late '60s, a mere 10% of American couples shared a place before marriage, and their divorce rates were higher, writes AP . Now, around 60% of couples move in together before... More »

90-Somethings Are Oldest-Ever Newlyweds

98-year-old weds 95-year old on Leap Day

(Newser) - They call themselves "the Romeo and Juliet of senior citizens," and with their wedding yesterday, they unknowingly broke a world record—for the newlyweds with the oldest combined age. Together, Lillian Hartley, 95, and Allan Marks, 98, are 193 years, 8 months, and 3 days old, the Desert ... More »

More Marriages Lasting Longer

...thanks to weddings later in life: sociologists

(Newser) - Though fewer people are getting married, more who do are sticking with it, census data shows. Some three-quarters of couples who wed after 1990 saw a 10-year anniversary—3 percentage points higher than those who wed in the early 1980s. That’s when the divorce rate reached its peak in... More »

Top 10 Couples' Argument Triggers

Money? Religion? Nah, more like bathroom habits

(Newser) - The average couple has 312 arguments a year—and most of them are over really silly things. A new study reveals the top 10 argument triggers, and though they may seem innocuous enough, the Daily Mail notes that one in five Britons have considered breaking up over them:
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A New Way to Cheat on Your Spouse: Lie About Money

One in three admit to fibbing about financial matters

(Newser) - Infidelity isn't always the stuff of illicit affairs. A new survey shows that 31% of Americans who combine their finances with a spouse have lied about money to said spouse. "Financial infidelity may be the new normal," writes Jenna Goudreau at her Forbes blog . The most common misdeeds... More »

For a Better Relationship, Postpone Sex

Researchers find good things come to those who wait

(Newser) - If you’re after a healthy relationship, it may be best to wait before hitting the sack. Couples who wait longer are more satisfied and stable later, research published in the Journal of Family Psychology suggests. “If couples become sexual too early, this very rewarding area of the relationship... More »

In France: Screw Marriage, Give Me a Civil Union

Partnerships simplify breakups, avoid religious ties

(Newser) - In France, civil unions are soaring in popularity—for heterosexuals. PACS, as they are known in France, were established in 1999 and lauded by gay-rights advocates; little did they expect the huge success of the measure ... among straight people, who made up 95% of the civil unions created last year.... More »

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