Se­cret to a happy mar­riage?

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

THE se­cret to a happy mar­riage is hav­ing just one sex­ual part­ner dur­ing your life, re­search has sug­gested.

It found that men and women who have only had sex with their spouse are 7 per cent more likely to be happy than those who played the field when sin­gle.

Even one or two sex­ual re­la­tion­ships be­fore mar­riage leads to lower lev­els of well­be­ing.

The ev­i­dence for the study for the US-based In­sti­tute for Fam­ily Stud­ies in­di­cates that the ben­e­fits of fi­delity ex­tend beyond a cou­ple’s mar­riage – and that celibacy be­fore find­ing a life part­ner may lead to greater well­be­ing in later years.

One rea­son may be that any­one who has had just one sex­ual part­ner is less aware of temp­ta­tions, ac­cord­ing to the study by Ni­cholas Wolfin­ger of Utah Univer­sity.

“Spouses re­port­ing only one life­time sex­ual part­ner are 7 per cent more likely to be happy than are those with other part­ners,” Prof Wolfin­ger said.

“Peo­ple re­port­ing one life­time sex part­ner have the hap­pi­est mar­riages. Past one part­ner, it does not make as much of a dif­fer­ence. The over­all dis­par­ity is not huge, but nei­ther is it triv­ial,” he said.

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