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Research Indicates that Delusion Could be the Secret to a Happy Marriage

New research has discovered that people who were a little bit delusional about their partners when they got married were more satisfied with their marriage three years later.

Researchers recruited more than 200 couples heading in to apply for marriage licenses, and had them fill out surveys on themselves, their partner, and their marriage every six months. They then compared the self-ratings with the spousal ratings.  Those who inflated their partner’s assets also reported being more happily married.

Boston.com reports:

“Seeing a partner with rose-colored glasses could help protect against that decline in marital satisfaction that sets in almost as soon as the honeymoon bags are unpacked ... [T]here’s a case to be made for encouraging couples to maintain ‘positive, even unrealistic, perceptions’’ of each other to stay satisfied over the long haul.”

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