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Marriage expectations can cause toxicity or happiness

More than ever before, people are expecting more from their relationships. Research has found that personal wellbeing is directly tied to the quality of a person's relationship. High expectations of marriage can lead to one of two things: a happy, healthy marriage or a toxic marriage because the standards are way too high to meet.

The dynamic in play here is known as the suffocation marriage model. This occurs when couples want more and more out of their relationship, but don't have the time or the energy to nurture their relationship. When the expectations don't match the reality of the relationship, the satisfaction of the marriage will decrease. This results in some couples raising expectations while others will lower their expectations.

A recent research study conducted by a professor from Florida State University involved 135 couples that were recently married. The couples hailed from Tennessee and the study followed them for four years after their nuptials. The study discovered that the couples with low levels of destructive behavior and less severe problems had a higher probability of meeting their expectations in the relationship than couples that noted high problems destructive behavior.

The study also found that couples that were able to fight and then address the issue at hand and how to solve it were happier with their relationship than couples that took part in hostile behavior or sarcastic comments.

Has your marriage struggled to stay afloat in Fort Lauderdale? An experienced family law attorney can provide advice about your situation and how divorce will affect your life overall in Florida.

Source: Reader's Digest, "Your Expectations Could Lead to a Happy Marriage—or a Toxic One," Nov. 25, 2017

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