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UC Berkeley researchers find the old saying, "happy wife, happy life," is true

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Did you forget today is Valentine's Day? Well, it turns out that old saying, "happy wife, happy life," is true. Better make a few stops on your way home; candy flowers and a fabulous dinner are needed if you want a happy marriage.

New research, more than 25 years in the making, shows that a wife's happiness really does dictate the long-term success of a marriage. UC Berkeley psychologist Robert Levenson began studying a group of more than 150-East Bay married couples in the 1980's in order to answer the question; what makes a happy marriage last?

Levenson and his team came up with a few conclusions, one of them being that the key to a long marriage lies in the wife's ability to calm down after an argument. Researchers found that wives with the genetic ability to regulate serotonin, a hormone that plays a part in mood regulation, have a higher rate of marital satisfaction. The research showed that a husband's ability to control his mood after an argument did not affect the satisfaction in the marriage. They also found that couples who say 'we, ' no matter how annoying it is to the rest of us, are better at resolving conflict than those who do not.

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