Married or engaged? THIS is the year you’re the happiest in a relationship

A recent study has shown the 20-year mark is when marriage is at its best.

Those who make it to their China anniversary reported feeling happier than newlyweds.

With a number of relationships and marriages breaking down, the fresh finding shows if you can stick it out the best is yet to come.

It is thought that over the course of time couples achieve “deeper levels of appreciation” for each other, leading to greater happiness in their marriage.

And the findings showed long-term couples also benefited from spending more time together in shared activities, rather than basking in the glow of the honeymoon period.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing, as the study found marital happiness slowly declines up to the two-decade mark, but picks up again after this.

The US study was published in the journal Social Networks and the Life Course, and used six waves of data from the Marital Instability Over the Life Course study.

Researchers from the Pennsylvania State and Brigham Young Universities charted how martial satisfaction fared over the years using information from 2,034 married couples.

They found on average happiness levels within a marriage went up and down over the years.

Researchers said: “Although divorce is common these days, about half of all marriages last a lifetime and the long-term outlook for most of these marriages is upbeat, with happiness and interaction remaining high, and discord declining.”

The average age of men in the study was 37, and 35 for women.

A woman feared her partner was having affair, and confronted her rival with devastating consequences.

This woman asked advice over her partner insisting she ‘gives him sex’ before she goes on night out.

And this mum wonders if her husband was right to cheat because she never wants sex.

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