Secret to your success? It’s who you marry, science says

  • A new study has discovered that your success depends on who you marry.
  • Spouses can greatly affect our decisions that can either make us successful or not.

If you want to be successful, you should also consider who you’re going to marry.

That’s according to a study carried out by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The findings of their study showed that spouses can greatly affect our decisions that can either make us successful or not.

In the study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers studies 163 married couples. Each one from the pairs was given a choice: to solve a simple puzzle or compete for a prize. Researchers recorded the couples’ interactions as they both decide which to choose.

They discovered that people with more encouraging partners were more likely to take on the challenge and compete for the prize, while those with partners who discouraged them opted to to solve the simple puzzle.

Six months following the experiment, they also found out that those who did the more challenging task reported having better psychological well-being, happiness, growth, and better relationships compared to those who solved puzzles.

“We found support for the idea that the choices people make at these specific decision points—such as pursuing a work opportunity or seeking out new friends—matter a lot for their long-term well-being,” Brooke Feeney of CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences said..

She added: “Significant others can help you thrive through embracing life opportunities. Or they can hinder your ability to thrive by making it less likely that you’ll pursue opportunities for growth.”

With that in mind, would world’s richest person Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, former US President Barrack Obama, and music legend Beyonce Knowles  achieved the level of success they have now if they were married to another person.

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Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

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