Whether you’re waiting to take the plunge or have already been hitched for many years, these interesting facts about marriage and relationship might still surprise you!!
Let’s have a look at the 20 Most Interesting Facts about Marriage and Realtionships
1. The term “marriage” derives from the Latin word mas meaning “masculine” or “male.”
The earliest known use of the word in English dates from the thirteenth century.
2. World Marriage Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of February every year.
3. Throughout most of history, marriage was not necessarily based on mutual love, but an institution devoted to acquiring in-laws and property and to provide the family additional labour forces (by having children)!!
4. Research shows that people whose marriage has broken down at the time they are diagnosed with cancer do not live as long as cancer patients who are widowed, have strong marriages, or who have never been married.
5. A person’s level of education influences the age at which they marry. People with higher education levels marry later compared to people with lower education levels.
6. Marriage does more to promote life satisfaction than money, sex, or even children, say Wake Forest University psychologists.
7. Research shows that couples believe, more than friendship, laughter, forgiveness, compatibility and sex, it is trust that is the most crucial element for a happy marriage
8. Resentment builds quickly in couples that don’t tackle chores together or where chores are not divided fairly. Wives also spent more quality time with their husbands when they thought the housework was divided fairly.
9. Words form only 7% of our communication with anyone, including spouses. Tone of voice accounts for 38% and body language is responsible for 55% of the messages spouses receive from each other.
10. If you get excited for your partner’s good news, you’ll have a better relationship
11. Couples who appreciate each other are more likely to stay together.
12. While giving a ring to your betrothed is a practice that dates back to Roman times.
The first recorded occurrence of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave one to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy.
13. Scientists found that menin love show more activity in the visual part of the brain, while women in love show more activity in the part of the brain that governs memory. Scientists theorize the difference has more to do with anthropology than biology: Men look for fertility features in women, and since women can’t judge fertility in men by physical appearance, they must remember certain characteristics that will determine if he will be a good mate.
14. Interestingly, when women are the breadwinners, they’re less likely to cheat. When men are the breadwinners, they’re more likely to cheat.
15. A good marriage isn’t a guarantee of happiness. One might still remain unhappy with their job and still have the same stresses and emotional baggage as they have to continue working on the other parts of their life. Being in love and having someone’s love don’t make problems go away.
16. When it comes to sex, quality is more important than quantity!!
17. Gamophobia is the fear of getting married or being in a relationship.
18. Traditionally, bridesmaids would be dressed in similar bride-like gowns to confuse rival suitors, evil spirits, and robbers!!
19. Married couples tend to have fatter waistlines. A partner’s chances of becoming obese increases by 37 percent if the spouse is overweight.
20. The book, The 7 Stages of Marriage: Laughter, Intimacy, and Passion, by Sari Harrar and Rita M. DeMaria reveals that almost 60 percent of married adults have had at least one extramarital affair, with most flings happening between the age of 25 and 39 years.