There’s good news for Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen, David Walliams and Lara Stone, Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, and Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem… all of whom got married in 2010.
The third year of marriage – marking the time when a couple settles into a comfortable co-existence – is the happiest one, according to new research.
A study of 2,000 married adults found a year of post-wedding exhilaration is followed by a year of getting to know each other, but by the third you have come to accept each other’s imperfections and begin planning to start a family, further cementing the relationship.
It’s nice to know that people particularly enjoy the third year of their marriage – and to see so positive a story appearing in the often self-serving and cynical PR world. Thank goodness there’s nothing negative to temper this happy buzz…
By contrast, the study found the fifth year to be the hardest to overcome due to factors such as tiredness or even exhaustion amid increasing workloads – and children…
The study also found familiarity with each other, regular bickers over the sharing of chores and the stress caused by financial worries also takes its toll.
Bringing a child into the marriage around this point can also put strain on the relationship.
The report also found seven years to be ‘the wall’, which if scaled successfully paves the way for a long, happy and lasting liaison for matrimony.
Ah, spoke to soon – it’s almost as if this sugar-coated story actually hides within it a cynical piece of advertising for a company which would profit from being first in mind when marriages turn to divorce:
The in-depth study, commissioned by family law specialists Slater & Gordon, examined the dynamics of modern married life.
Family lawyer at Slater & Gordon Amanda McAlister said: ‘It’s not very often we see clients in those first few years of marriage but by the five year mark or a couple of years after they have children we often have married couples asking us for advice.
‘The buzz of the first few years where everything is new is hard to maintain and often people find that married life hasn’t lived up to their expectations.
‘We encourage anyone having doubts at this point in their marriage to really think about whether it’s a crisis that can’t be overcome.’
Little surprise then to see a divorce lawyer at the heart of this story suggesting that marriages get tough around years five and seven – a story which also picked up coverage in The Herald.
Little surprise, either, to find that this survey was conducted via Bad PR regulars OnePoll – with 87% of the resulting press release making it into the article by Martha De Lacey in the Daily Mail.
If only there was some easy way to bring to an end the cosy marriage of the PR industry and newspaper industry.