Marriage isn’t easy. Relationships aren’t easy in general, but marriage is whole other level. You’re suddenly legally bound to someone else, which makes you far more responsible for them than if you just lived together. Here are some specific things that all couples should experience together before they actually decide to go into it for long haul.
#1. The happiest marriages are between best friends
A 2014 National Bureau of Economic Research study found that marriage does indeed lead to increased well-being, mainly thanks to friendship. Controlling for pre-marital happiness, the study concluded that marriage leads to increased well-being — and it does so much more for those who have a close friendship with their spouses. Friendship, the paper found, is a key mechanism that could help explain the causal relationship between marriage and life satisfaction. Source