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THE SECRET SAUCE?

A first of its kind study says your genes may hold the key to a happy marriage.

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YALE STUDY

  • Focus of the research: a genetic variation on the gene receptor for oxytocin.
  • Oxytocin = hormone often linked to “greater empathy, sociability, and emotional stability.”
  • Study found as long as one person (man or woman) had this genetic variation the couple overall had higher marital satisfaction.
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“This study shows that how we feel in our close relationships is influenced by more than just our shared experiences with our partners over time.”

Lead author Joan Monin, Yale School of Public Health, who also noted the study found those WITH the genetic variation were less "anxiously attached" to their partner, one potenital factor in a happy marriage.
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Something To Consider:

What if we don’t have it? The study isn’t saying this genetic variation guarantees a happy marriage, but it does indicate that the correlation is interesting enough to study further.

Study Limitations: Only 178 married couples studied. Researchers say a larger study, with a greater diversity of couples is needed to look more closely at this association.

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