The happiest couple in America is probably not the one sitting in the kitchen.
That would be your husband, your wife’s friend, or your kids, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
The researchers found that couples who say they have the happiest marriage are actually spending less time together than couples who said they are not happy with their relationship.
“In general, couples who report that they are happier with their marriage report spending less than half of their marital time together, compared to couples who are not satisfied with their marriages,” said Dr. Daniel Kranz, one of the study’s authors.
“Our findings suggest that there are some benefits to living in a happy marriage that may not be apparent to some couples.”
The researchers surveyed 5,000 people in the United States and found that in the year that followed, couples were spending fewer time together and spending less on the things that make a happy family.
They also found that the happiest couples were more likely to be married to people who had a high education, had higher incomes, and were less likely to live in poverty.
The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that those who said that they were happier with themselves and their marriages spent more time together.
For instance, those who had the happiest marriages said they spent 10% less time in the house and 45% less on housework.
The happiest couples also said they spend more time watching television together and were also less likely than their counterparts to go to church.
The scientists, who are members of the Johns Hopkins Happiness Research Consortium, are now planning to expand the study to other countries.
They plan to examine the effects of marital happiness on people’s physical health and happiness as well.
They say that more research is needed to confirm the findings.
“The idea that marital happiness and well-being may contribute to health and well being is an intriguing one,” said study co-author Dr. Jonathan F. Schulz, an assistant professor of psychology at Johns and the director of the Hopkins Center for Family, Community and Health.
“While there are plenty of empirical research findings to support the idea that happiness leads to better health, this study adds to the growing body of evidence that suggests that happiness is a robust predictor of good health and wellbeing.”