Marital happiness hinges on wives keeping calm
Women who handle their emotions with calmness may have happier marriages in the long run than women who have more difficulty regulating their emotions, according to a new study published in the journal Emotion.
Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and Northwestern University recorded interactions of more than 80 middle-aged heterosexual couples and examined how they responded to disagreements.
Their findings showed that marital satisfaction was strongest when the wives were able to control their emotions and use “constructive communication” to calm arguments. When the husbands were able to control their emotions in the same way, however, it had little effect on long-term marital satisfaction.
The findings suggest that wives are largely in control of keeping peace and maintaining happiness in marriages in the long run.
Researchers said that they will continue conducting studies on the dynamics of marriage. The couples in the study will report marital satisfaction and conflicts every five years.