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Surprising Facts You NEED To Know About Marriage

Married life is full of ups and downs. Whether you’ve been married for years or are only just thinking about walking down the aisle with your partner, there's more to marriage than you might think! Read on to find out some interesting facts that might make you think twice...

Bedroom behavior

According to a study conducted by Newsweek, the average couple makes love 68.5 times a year; that’s just a little over once a week.

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Doubts

Studies indicate that over 72% of married women have already considered leaving their husbands.

I'm feeling 23!

A study by the University of Pennsylvania concluded that couples that wait to get married or move in together after the age of 23 are less likely to divorce.

Strong bond

Sharing good news and success with your partner strengthens your relationship and makes you both happier.

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BFFs

If you want the ultimate happy marriage, then marry your best friend! Studies suggest that couples who started out as friends stay married longer.

Age Gaps

Various studies suggest that couples with large age gaps are more likely to divorce or separate.

Cleanliness

Researchers at the University of California have concluded that 60% of married couples say sharing chores is the key to a happy marriage.

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Celebrate love

World Marriage Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of February.

So little time

With so many distractions around, including work, family commitments and hobbies, the average couple only spends around 4 minutes together a day!

Sssshhh!

Studies reveal that relationships which start out as affairs end in divorce in over 75% of cases.

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Fly the nest

A 2008 study revealed that marriages actually improved when kids left home.

Food glorious food

Married couples often gain more weight than other couples. Married men are 37% more likely to become obese if their wives are overweight.

Corpse Bride

In France, there is a law which allows unmarried couples to marry even if one of them has died.

Separate homes

Couples who don’t live together before getting engaged are less likely to divorce in the first 10 – 15 years of marriage.

Work stress

According to a study led by a Swedish University, people who commute to work are 40% more likely to divorce.

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Wedded bliss

Couples married for over 40 years are often happier than newlyweds.

Because I'm happy

We don't know why, but the third year of marriage is proven to be the happiest.

Money isn't everything

British studies conclude that marriage makes people happier than money.

Keep going!

Married couples who go through hard times in the first 7 years of marriage are more likely to stay together.

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Will you marry me?

Getting down on one knee with a ring is an Ancient Egyptian tradition.

Mr and Mrs Fancy

Couples who splash out on fancy ceremonies often divorce more often than those who don’t.

Affair alert!

60% of married people between the ages of 25 and 39 have had an affair.

For the love of kids

Couples with kids divorce less than childless couples.

Size matters

Tall men often marry older women, whereas shorter men tend to marry younger women.

Religion

Married Christian couples go to church twice as much as single Christians.

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Sex ban

Not making love often has negative effects on a marriage.

You may kiss the bride

The tradition of the groom kissing the bride dates back to Ancient Rome, where people kissed to conclude a legal document or contract.

Origins

Marriage was originally intended to strengthen links between families, increase the population and to reinforce workforces.

Money, money, money

Married couples have four times more savings than singletons.

Expenses

On average, a wedding costs almost as much as a divorce ($20,000).

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Health kick

Married older people live healthier lives than unmarried older people. 

Gifts galore

In Russia, a potential love match has to ask the future bride’s family for her hand in marriage and bring along gifts for her whole family. Once the family accepts, everyone sings and dances to celebrate.

Prank time

In several regions of India, bridesmaids steal the groom’s shoes in the days leading up to the marriage. The bridesmaids then hold the shoes ransom and wait for a good price.

Cry me a river

In China, couples preparing to walk down the aisle practice crying for an hour a day in the month leading up to their big day. Women are expected to cry with joy during the ceremony.

Good luck

In some countries, brides place a penny in their shoes for good luck.

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Superstitions

In some regions of Malaysia, couples about to walk down the aisle are forbidden to go to the bathroom three days before and after the ceremony, because of superstition.

Kisses all round

In Denmark, tradition has it that wedding guests must kiss the bride or groom if one of them leaves the other’s side during the celebrations.

Dance party

In Cuba, guests who dance with the bride have to give her money for the honor.

Duck, duck, duck

In South Korea, married men sculpt wooden ducks for couples preparing to walk down the aisle.

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Flower power

In Hawaii, couples wear flower necklaces to symbolize their love for each other and their families.

Chop, chop, chop

In Germany, couples prove their compatibility by sawing a wooden log together.

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