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Recipe to a happy marriage

THE formula for a happy marriage has been discovered – a man should choose a wife who is smarter and at least five years younger than him.

This, according to the findings of a British study which appeared in the European Journal Of Operational Research, reported BBC.

The research, called Optimising The Marriage Market, saw academics including Dr Emmanuel Fragnière of the University of Bath, interviewing 1,534 Swiss couples who were either married or in a serious relationship.

Five years later, they followed up with 1,074 of the couples to see which of them had separated. Their results showed a clear pattern.

Couples with the best chance are those where a woman with a superior education marries a man who is five or more years older than herself.

Neither should be a divorcee.

If the wife is five or more years older than her husband, they are more than three times as likely to divorce than if they are the same age.

If the age gap is reversed, and the man is older than the woman, the odds of marital bliss are higher.

If the woman is better educated than the man, they are eight times as likely to stay together than the uneducated couple, and three times more secure than if the husband were more of a bookworm than the wife.

Unsurprisingly, analysis of the data showed that the most stable couples were those who had never divorced, said Daily Mail. The most unstable are where only one has had a divorce.

The report concluded: “It appears men and women ‘choose’ their mates on the basis of love, physical attraction, similarity of tastes, beliefs and attitudes, and shared values.

“However, the longevity of marriages also depends on objective factors. Matching individuals according to a small number of objective criteria such as age, education and cultural origin may help reduce divorce.”

These findings predict a happy future for pop star Beyonce Knowles, 28, and rapper husband Jay-Z, 39.

Not only is she younger than her husband, she is better educated – Beyonce has a high school diploma, unlike Jay-Z. But the study may not be welcomed by Michael Douglas, 65, who was a divorcee before marrying Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40.

readers' comments
lah until peng....guess a lot of Ang Mo gals are smarter than the Ang Mo guy...just look at their University Guy-Gal to give the guy a boost ...they come out with such a findings....Most Men prefer younger need study also for smarter women...mmm...the smart women will pretend to be stupid in front of his men...hahaha
Posted by kaypohts on Wed, 4 Nov 2009 at 01:43 AM
Studies and stats can be a load of rubbish.Every couple is unique;it's up to them entirely how they want their marriage to work.Find and make your own happiness.
Posted by cafelatte on Tue, 3 Nov 2009 at 11:19 AM
Love conquers all. With true love, couples learn to accept, tolerate & work around differences. They are committed to sacrifice and remain happy. It all lies within the heart, not age or education. Divorce is a lazy way of settling problems between each other, its an avenue to let them 'get out' of a situation. The greatest love anyone can show is to die for the one you love.
Posted by eatrice121 on Tue, 3 Nov 2009 at 09:52 AM
This is a study done on 1500 Swiss couples.

As always, a study is but just a study. The results was based on the 1000+ Swiss couples, so it may not be true for other couples

No need to dismiss the observations as rubbish.

The study merely offers some tips on marriage longevity.

We need not accept the findings if we don't agree but it is helpful to be aware.
Posted by fairmind on Tue, 3 Nov 2009 at 09:43 AM
what a load of bullshitthis thing is. ithink mr right of human got it al wrong hething asian man does not havethis proble.unless he is blind oer never beingto china divorced rate are equally as ofthe biggest problem inchina the **** chines learnthe bad thing about western culture vey fast, the their alwaythink that western culture are damn good, so it ios monket see monkey do situation.if you have ever beingto china liately,first thing you noticed is plenty of cars and porn shop in evey corner, and young girls are flirtingthemselve like cheap prostitute and of course thoe rich older man wouldtake a few younger woman anytime and divorce them within 2 days of gettingmarried no prenuptial and besided getting a good **** for free instead of havingto pay for prostitute that can cost anything upward of us$1,000. a quick marriage and a divorce is alot cheaper(at us .....
Posted by ryanmil51 on Tue, 3 Nov 2009 at 09:20 AM
It's insane reporting like this; it's ridiculous findings like these that cause harm to marriages .. get real! the recipes for a good marriage are love, respect, honor and quality time together
Posted by amianybetter on Tue, 3 Nov 2009 at 09:00 AM
Interesting. This formula only apply to Caucasians. I don't think Asian men like younger but more educated women. Maybe those women are pretty and the men are much richer and with higher status that the more educated women may need to take many years to reach that level.
Posted by Rightofhuman on Tue, 3 Nov 2009 at 02:30 AM

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