It's often though that happy marriages can decline after 7 years, but a recent study suggests it could be 10.
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It is the theory immortalised by one of Marilyn Monroe’s most memorable performances – that happiness among married couples begins to decline after seven years. However, rather than The Seven Year Itch referenced in Monroe’s 1955 romantic comedy, a study suggests that it is after 10 years that spouses should be worried about their relationship. The research, which examined more than 2,000 women over 35 years, found that in most marriages, happiness and communication between partners decline from the start and never get any better. However, the study claims, it is after 10 years that the problems are at their worst. The reason for the decline, researchers suggest, could be because women become dissatisfied with having to bear the brunt of household chores as well as child care.