New research from dating site eHarmony looks at how content couples are in their relationship. The survey, done with Harris Interactive, focuses on what traits the happiest responders share so we get an idea of what it takes to be happy in love.
They asked 2,300 people what was important in a relationship and there were some differences between what men and women value. Women tend to focus more on emotional and financial stability, but with the guys, happiness, physical attraction, and health were higher for them.
But overall, the happiest couples tend to have these things in common:
- They have a healthy sex life.
- They share an equal balance of economic power.
- They were younger - between the ages of 25 and 44.
- They have two kids.
- They each earn at least $75,000 a year and have a college degree.
- They share similar political convictions.
- They have a better awareness of social justice issues.
A few other revealing tidbits from the eHarmony survey:
- While 70% of respondents say sharing a life together is more important than marriage, 55% say marriage would make their relationship happier.
- Only one in five women say they feel more empowered as a result of #MeToo.
- Only 26% of unhappy couples say they feel their relationship is equal in terms of power and economics, compared to 42% for happy couples.