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Dating for seven years before marriage

Helen Fisher, a psychologist and relationship expert, told Business Insider that it's unclear when exactly the "in love" feeling starts to fade, but it does so "for good evolutionary reasons," she said, because "it's very metabolically expensive to spend an awful lot of time just focusing on just one person in that high-anxiety state." Back in the 1950s and '60s, Canadian psychologist Eric Berne introduced a three-tiered model for understanding a person's identity. Controlling for premarital happiness, the study concluded that marriage leads to increased well-being — and it does so much more for those who have a close friendship with their spouses.

Meanwhile, another series of studies, led by a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, found that more grateful couples were more likely to still be together nine months later.

Once you start living together, you may realize that you have different priorities and tolerances — like, for instance, what does or doesn't constitute a mess.

He found that each of us have three "ego states" operating at once: • The parent: What you've been taught • The child: What you have felt • The adult: What you have learned When you're in a relationship, you relate on each of those levels: • The parent: Do you have similar values and beliefs about the world? Friendship, the paper found, is a key mechanism that could help explain the causal relationship between marriage and life satisfaction.

A study of 3,000 Americans who had ever been married found that age discrepancies correlate with friction in marriages.

The Atlantic's Megan Garber reports: "A one-year discrepancy in a couple's ages, the study found, makes them 3 percent more likely to divorce (when compared to their same-aged counterparts); a 5-year difference, however, makes them 18 percent more likely to split up.

For example, among testers, men scored higher on measures of depression and anxiety, and women scored higher on measures of abandonment anxiety.Both groups were less confident in the relationship.

" Over 60% of Americans in one poll said that taking care of chores plays a crucial role in having a successful marriage.A 2009 study led by researchers at the University of Denver found that most couples moved in for other reasons besides test-driving their relationship before marriage.But couples who did report testing the relationship were more likely to experience a number of negative emotions.For example, say a wife comes home to her partner and shares an accomplishment.An "active-constructive" response would be the best, according to Amie Gordon, a social psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley: • An active-constructive response from the partner would be enthusiastic support: "That's great, honey! You've been working so hard." • A passive-constructive response would be understated support: a warm smile and a simple "that's good news." • An active-destructive response would be a statement that demeaned the event: "Does this mean you are going to be gone working even longer hours now? " • Finally, a passive-destructive response would virtually ignore the good news: "Oh, really?After that, levels of a chemical called "nerve growth factor," which is associated with intense romantic feelings, start to fall. A 2014 National Bureau of Economic Research study found that marriage does indeed lead to increased well-being, mainly thanks to friendship.