My first year of marriage was hardly smooth sailing. Really it was more like the Titanic at some points.
Despite the fact we’d lived together first, I still had to get used to my new husband Brad’s completely mental system for doing the laundry (he insists on washing new clothes separately first. It is insane and a waste of water, right? ).
And he had to get used to my methodical and deeply sensible system for stacking the dishwasher (Is it weird I like to group my cutlery? No, I don’t think so either).
And don’t get me started on the ugly African masks he insisted on hanging in our kitchen. Because that’s where you want a creepy mask — IN YOUR KITCHEN FREAKING YOU OUT WHILE YOU EAT YOUR WEET BIX.
It turns out, this is all very normal and common.
Research released today by Deakin University has finally proven what every married couple may have suspected: the ‘honeymoon period’ is a big fat lie and that the first year of marriage is actually the unhappiest. According to the study:
“The honeymoon period for Australia’s married couples barely extends beyond the bridal waltz, with new research revealing people are least satisfied with life in the first year of marriage.
“The latest Australian Unity Wellbeing Index survey released today finds people married for less than a year have lower levels of wellbeing than people in any other year of marriage.