Tightening the belt can squeeze your relationship, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, sometimes, it can be a good thing.
According to a study, compiled by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia last month, the recession has both “stressed and strengthened” American marriages. The report stated that while the recession has put “considerable stress” on many American couples, it has also made some relationships stronger and brought people together.
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The results are based on a nationally representative sample of 1,197 married Americans ages 18 to 45. The findings, based on information gathered in December and January, offer a recent snapshot of how the current economic climate is affecting married couples in the United States.
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The data revealed:
- 82 percent of respondents reported being “very happy” or “happy” in their marriages.
- Among men and women with no financial stress, 87 percent reported being happy or very happy in marriage.
- Only 84 percent who reported one major economic worry said they were happy or very happy.
- Only 67 percent of those who had three major economic worries reported that they were happy in marriage.
- 30 percent of the respondents reported that the stress of the economic downturn had actually “deepened” their commitment to marriage.
While some of those figures are understandable, that last stat was downright encouraging, so we thought we’d chime in with some tips on how to keep the economic stress from souring your relationships.