For his book You Can Be Right (Or You Can Be Married), author Dana Adam Shapiro (also the director of the wheelchair rugby documentary Murderball) interviewed hundreds of divorced men and women around the country about why their marriages ended.
Along with "a more grounded view of what love is and the work it takes to make something last," Shapiro's experience led him to claim that just "17% of all marriages are happy." To get to this figure, he eliminated the 50% of marriages that end in divorce (despite the questionable validity of the "half of all marriages end in divorce" stat), then guessed that of these marriages, a third are "happy," a third are "happy enough" and a third are "unhappy."
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