Are you wondering if your boyfriend is marriage material? Here’s a hint: If he’s ever said, “Wow, I sure do hate your mom” . . . then no, he’s not.
A new study out of the University of Michigan just found that married couples are happier if the guy has a good relationship with his wife’s parents. It’s much less important for the woman to get along with her husband’s parents.
The researchers think it’s because an adult woman tends to be closer to her parents than a man, so when her husband likes them, that eliminates a potentially huge source of stress and conflict.
This could be a sign that age and wisdom brings happiness . . . or that you REALLY have zero sense of perspective when you’re young. It’s probably a little of both.
A new study found the older you are, the HAPPIER you are.
The researchers found you’re the most stressed out and miserable in your 20s and 30s. But as you get older, your levels of happiness, life satisfaction, and well being all go up.
Why does that happen? The researchers think it’s because you spend your 20s and 30s dealing with peer pressure and worrying about what other people think of you.
Once you’re finally old enough to graduate from all that and you learn to brush off the little stressful things in life, it just makes everything easier and you become happier.
A new study found there’s an easy way to make yourself happier on a daily basis. The bad news is it involves eating more fruits and vegetables. Why can’t these studies ever involve bags upon bags of Doritos?
Researchers at the University of Warwick in England had more than 12,000 people keep food diaries while they also kept track of their mental health.
And they found that how happy you are increases with EVERY SERVING of fruit and vegetables you have each day. And it doesn’t level off until your eighth serving.
So in other words, one serving a day will make you happier than none at all, and eight servings should put you at peak happiness. But more than that is overkill as far as mental health goes.
And here’s the coolest part. We’ve known for a while that fruit and vegetables help prevent things like cancer. But your cancer risk drops slowly over the course of a decade or two.
But with mental health, you see the effects much faster. And within two years, someone who goes from eating no servings a day to eight servings would have an increase in happiness on par with getting a JOB when you’re unemployed.
If your boss makes you MISERABLE, here’s a hell of a dilemma. What would make your job more tolerable: A $5,000 raise . . . or a new boss?
According to a new survey, 28% of people would pick the NEW BOSS over the money.
Now here’s a scenario that might be even tougher. Would you be willing to take a $5,000 PAY CUT to be happier at work?
Believe it or not, 36% of people say they’d be willing to give up the money.
The survey also found that 38% of people believe taking fewer vacations makes them look better to their boss . . . and 36% have had to cancel a vacation because of work.
According to a study from the State University of New York in Buffalo, drunk couples are HAPPIER.
A professor of health behavior named Dr. Gregory Homish led the research . . . he’s been studying the behavior and satisfaction of couples for ten years.
He wanted to see if drinking and smoking caused problems in relationships over time, or if it was the difference in the AMOUNT of drinking and smoking between a husband and wife that caused problems.
So they had 600 couples answer questions before their wedding, then a year later, then two years, four, and seven. And not surprisingly, ALL couples saw their satisfaction go down somewhat over the years, no matter what their vices were. Bummer.
And yeah, drinking and smoking a lot can strain a marriage. But . . . couples with different habits at different LEVELS were MORE likely to feel dissatisfaction.
In other words, couples who BOTH drank and smoked were more likely to be happy with their marriage. And they were even more likely to be happy if it was at the same level. Also, the satisfaction was higher when it comes to alcohol, compared to smoking.
Which maybe isn’t THAT surprising, when you factor in the randiness that comes with getting your drink on.
(Your Tango / SUNY)