On Monday, Deakin University’s Australian Center on Quality of Life released research that shows that couples do not go through an initial honeymoon phase. In fact, the first year of marriage seems to be the least satisfactory in many cases.
Over 2,000 Australian couples were asked to rate their satisfaction of marriage life on a scale of 1 to 100. Results showed that while the average score for the couples was a 75, the newlyweds only rated their marriage satisfaction at a 73. Couples in their second year of marriage had a much higher satisfaction rating, all the way up to 78, and couples who had been married for over 40 years scored highest with a rating of 79.
Researchers explain this low rating as “wedding hangover.” It’s a sadness that overcomes couples in their first year of marriage after the big celebrations and trips are over. The adjustment back to a normal routine many times can be more difficult for newlyweds.
Although this news isn’t the most enlightening, there is hope at the end of the tunnel! If couples can last through the first year, the happiness and rewards will begin to come in full.