Study: Emotions Experienced Before Getting Married Can Have Impact on How Happy You'll Be

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Study: Emotions Experienced Before Getting Married Can Have Impact on How Happy You'll Be
Tue 06-11-2012

Studies made at the University of Alberta and Kansas State University concluded that emotions experienced before getting married can have a direct impact on how happy you'll be several years into the marriage!

Assistant professor in the U of A Department of Human Ecology and recently of Kansas State University, Matthew Johnson, looked at more than 600 couples over 18 month intervals, starting from the time of marriage. He found that people who were confident about their marriage when it began were satisfied with it three years later.

"If you are having doubts about the relationship, just ignoring them may make a difference years down the road," said Johnson in a press release.

But according to HuffPost blogger Sheryl Paul, an anxiety counselor, these questions are a matter of fearing the end of the life you know.

"The truth is that, for many people, real love is scary. Real love means the possibility of real loss. Real love means that the person standing before you is asking you to show up with your whole heart, which means being vulnerable in a way you've never been before ... It's okay to feel scared. It's okay to have doubts. It's okay to question. It's okay to grieve for the life and the fantasies that are over."

And according to YourTango.com. "Instinct" is a theme that comes up often in these debates, and one way to help determine the best case is to time travel picture your life down the road having gone through with this decision, and also having called it off, advises an article from Oprah's Lifeclass.