The data scientist Randal Olson recently visualized some of the findings from a paper by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, two researchers at Emory University who studied 3,000 married couples in the U. Their findings offer some take-aways for couples who want to minimize their chances of divorce: You should date for three years before popping the question. Similarly, a well-attended ceremony might be a proxy for a large family that pressures and/or supports the couple and helps them stay together.A strong marriage, in other words, is an intentional one.I've arrived at this conclusion by thinking through a number of biblical principles.
But the other findings, like the fact that expensive rings and ceremonies don't yield happier unions, are more surprising.
Perhaps ill-matched couples use giant diamonds or flashy weddings to cover up the cracks in their emotional foundations.
Or maybe couples that have modest rings and receptions feel that their boundless love is a celebration enough.
Maybe this is all being thrown by some hidden Kardashian variable that none of us has uncovered yet.
PART 6: Growing in Intimacy » In matters of dating or courtship, I generally recommend that people either get married or break up within a year or so of beginning a dating relationship.I also believe that this recommendation applies with equal force to single men and women in college.