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The happiness index:

LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS IN AMERICA

How in love are couples in America? What exactly makes a relationship thrive?
Those questions, and more are answered in eharmony’s new national survey.

The good news? American couples are happy, and being in love has everything to do with it.

 

HAPPY  VS. UNHAPPY

64% of Americans report being quite happy with their relationships, while just 19% are unhappy. 
A sense of commitment, having a healthy sex life and feeling financially secure are key factors that directly correlate with happiness.


The happiest couples are those who are similar.

At eharmony, we’ve always said that opposites attract…then attack, and this study confirms it. We found that the happiest couples are really very alike. Shared personality traits include things like confidence, creativity, optimism, and being sociable.


What causes relationship stress?

The unhappiest couples got together because it seemed like the right time to settle down, not necessarily because they were in love.

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COMMUNICATION

Almost  3 in 5 claim they have completely open communication with their partner/spouse. 
Men and 25-34 year olds are most likely to say this.


Millennial couples believe in the power of communication.

Even though they may fight twice as much as other couples, millennials are the most willing to work on their relationships in the pursuit of happiness.

HAPPINESS & SEX

Being extremely unhappy in a relationship does not mean being unhappy with sex.

Who is having sex at least weekly?


// 62% of extremely unhappy people report having sex daily or weekly, coming in second to the happiest couples in America in terms of frequency

// Couples that land in the middle of the happiness scale are having sex weekly at half that rate and are also the most likely to have no sex at all

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HAPPINESS & ROMANCE

Chivalry is NOT dead.

Men are embracing some important pillars of relationship success. While women tend to show more signs of daily affection, such as saying “I love you,” men are bringing the romance.

// 68% of respondents say “I love you” daily

// 65% report kissing on the mouth for a second or two each day

// 72% say they’ll hold hands when out for a walk

HAPPINESS & MONEY

Those with the highest household income, and living in cities are most satisfied with their relationship.


// Those with the highest household income report the highest level of both happiness and satisfaction with their relationships

// 71% of people with a household income of more than $200,000 say they are completely in love, yet those making less than $30,000 a year come in second at 65%

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FAMILY

There is a clear correlation between number of kids in a household and the incidence of arguing and/or fighting -
including the more extreme/violent examples.

// The more children you have the more extreme arguments become

// Happiness is greatest with 3 children

ABOUT THE STUDY

// eharmony commissioned the report and it was conducted by Harris Interactive.

// The survey was fielded online between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3, 2017.

// 2,084 online interviews were conducted.

// Participants qualified if they were aged 18+ and were married or in a long-term relationship.

// Results were weighted to be nationally representative by age and gender.

#happyinlove

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