A study has revealed that the 'honeymoon period' is just a myth since many couples suffer from post-nuptial depression.
According to a new study, Australian researchers have found that the happiest husbands and wives are those who have notched up more than 40 years of wedded bliss.
The study by Deakin University's Australian Centre on Quality of Life, measured the happiness of 2000 people on a scale of 0-100, 'The Sydney Morning Herald' reported.
"It's a little unexpected because the perception is that newly-wed couples should be the happiest but in reality that's not the case," lead author, Melissa Weinberg, said.
Weinberg describes the phenomenon as the 'wedding hangover' or the crash experienced by couples after the big day.
"People imagine their wedding day to be the best day of their lives," she said.
"The engagement period is very exciting and it's a much-anticipated event. After the big day, all couples are left with is the photos, the video, a pile of bills and the realization that you have just made that huge life decision for better or worse," said Weinberg.
Those who can stay the distance are the happiest of all. Researchers also found that married people were generally happier than singles, de factos, divorcees or people who were widowed or separated.