Research: Money can't buy happy marriages

October 13, 2011

Couples less concerned about fancy, expensive things are more likely to have a better relationship, according to research.

The study from Brigham Young University looked at the importance that husbands and wives put on material things. Spouses who agree that money is not important to them scored about 10 to 15 percent better on measures of relationship quality and stability.

Other findings: Those focused on big money had eroding communication, poor conflict resolution and low responsiveness to each other.

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