likely if husband is happier than wife
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It may appear a bit strange, but ladies, please
note -- if your hubby is happier than you, then divorce is likely, a new study
Economists at Deakin University have carried out the study and found that
divorce is more likely if married couples have different happiness levels --
especially if the husband is happier.
For the study, the economists analysed data from three different countries --
Australia, Germany and Britain -- and found that the higher the gap in
happiness, even during the first year of marriage, the higher the risk of
Also, in three countries across all couples, women were happier than men. But
men were happier than women during marriage only for those couples whose
marriages ended with divorce, the study found.
Lead economist Dr Cahit Guven said: "We found that the gap in happiness is
typically several times higher for couples in de facto relationships than for
those who are married.
"In Australia for instance an increase in the happiness gap by one per cent
increases the probability of separation by 0.2 per cent for legally married
couples versus 0.9 per cent for de facto couples after controlling for potential
factors of divorce.
"Compared with Germany this is pretty good, their probability was 0.5 per cent
for de facto couples and 0.16 per cent for those who were legally married.
"Interestingly, the happiness gap decreases after the divorce for the divorced
couples. However, the happiness gap between the divorced spouses after the
divorce is still higher than those couples who stay married.
"This shows that they have made a bad choice at the beginning and the happiness
gap stays at some level and does not disappear even though they are not together
- PTI / Times of India