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What do you think—are there nuggets of wisdom in this advice from 1933, or is it seriously outdated?


Sophie Roland
Past Member 3 years ago


Katya J.
Katya J.3 years ago

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. :-)

Heidi H.
Past Member 3 years ago

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

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago


Silvia W.
Silvia W.3 years ago

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.

Maggie Kearns
Maggie Kearns3 years ago


Danielle Herie
Danielle Herie3 years ago


Sue H.
sue H.3 years ago

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

Sue H.
sue H.3 years ago

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

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Was it in India?