In 2006, the New York Times printed an article that gave a formula to predict the outcome of celebrity marriages. Earlier this year, the two writers refined their formula due to several years of results based on their predictions. Their research indicated that younger celebrity couples stand far less chance of marriage success than older couples, and that the longer the courtship, the better the chances for the pair.
For instance, in their formula, Romeo and Juliet stood a 0% chance of lasting 5 years. Brittany Spears and Kevin Federline only stood a 1% chance of making it 5 years. The main variable the two researchers discovered over 6 years of tracking results was that the more superficial the relationship, the more it was doomed to an early crash. The more “tabloid” as they put it. Celebrity marriages based on substance and quality interaction, stood a far greater chance to outlast expectations. The two have also discovered that in celebrities, it is the wife’s fame that really matters. “Women initiate 70% of breakups.” If the female is substance over tabloid, the higher the chances the marriage will last.
Are celebrities really that much different from us normal folk? No, they are not, just higher profile and, perhaps, more impulsive. In the end, we all are just seeking meaningful love. What are the variables that are found in successful marriages? What type of marriages last not just five years, but until “death do us part?” Here are 10 Variables a Successful Marriage Formula Has to Have.
Huddle up with your wife tonight and ask her: “What variable do we need to strengthen in our marriage? Why?”