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Marriage Advice from 1933

Marriage Advice from 1933

Living happily ever after? Researchers thought they had the secret in 1933. We stumbled upon this October 1933 issue of Reading Eagle newspaper, reporting on a University of Chicago survey that gathered information on happiness in marriage. Among the findings:

  • The longer the courtship, the better the chances for lifelong married happiness
  • …but only within the period of one year (this was 1933, after all!)
  • But don’t jump the gun, either. For every three months less than a year, the chances of married happiness diminish by 30 percent.
  • Father knows best when it comes to advice on a prospective partner—those who take Dad’s advice will be happier than if they ignore it.
  • Ignore Mom—things don’t work out so well when taking her advice, according to the article. (No word on whether those about to be married should think about what they themselves want).

What do you think—are there nuggets of wisdom in this advice from 1933, or is it seriously outdated?

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12:45PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013


7:05PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

I agree.
There is so much truth in it. I am speaking from my own experience.
I should have listened my father the first time. :-)

12:59PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Goodness, the world was a much darker place back in the 30's.

7:56AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013


5:47AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

I really wish my Dad had given me some advice on my first marriage. He was unusually quiet. He really liked the second husband, though.

4:06PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013


10:20AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013


8:18AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Oh, sorry I forgot to add, remember the age of marriage back then was MUCH younger...hence the strange sounding advice.

8:17AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Funny, Dad's usually do have some good advice, however the Mom is the real guru - right?!!

7:18AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Was it in India?

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