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The Secret of a Successful Marriage: Trophy Wife!

Researchers have finally unlocked the secret of a happy marriage: trophy wife!

No, seriously. The study found that marrying smarter and younger women results in less fewer divorces and greater marriage bliss:

The researchers studied interviews of more than 1,500 couples who were married or in a serious relationship. Five years later, they followed up 1,000 of the couples to see which had lasted.

They found that if the wife was five or more years older than her husband, they were more than three times as likely to divorce than if they were the same age.

If the age gap is reversed, and the man is older than the woman, the odds of marital bliss are higher.

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To be happily married after 5 years is really not enough of a test. I'd be curious to hear what the women have to say about these men when they've had a chance to become older and "wiser." I'd also be curious to hear what the men think about their younger wives once they start to show the effects of age and if this sends them on a quest to find an even younger trophy wife.
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I got a funny email that once depicted, pretty accurately by my opinion, the results of relationships based on their intelligence level. The marriage one went like so...
Smart man + smart woman = romance
Smart man + dumb woman = affair
Dumb man + smart woman = marriage
Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy
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What irks me about this one is the idea that a marriage that lasts 5 years is a success... let's try checking again in, say, 20 years...
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Forget what the statistics say, all they are good at most of the time is recognizing coincidental data. If people can't own up to their own damn relationship, they probably shouldn't have gotten into one in the first place. People have always sucked at communicating one's own feelings, have honesty issues, or are just too damn lazy to fix problems that happen long after they have been ignored when they first popped up. But then again, I'm not in a relationship, and hell if I ever plan on being in one.
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There are always exceptions: my wife is six years older than I am, and we've been happily married twelve years so far, with no problems to speak of.
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