How to Pick Your Life Partner — Part 1 February 12, By Tim Urban To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this: And at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are on average happier than single people and much happier than divorced people. All the research on how vastly happiness varies between happy and unhappy marriages makes perfect sense, of course. So how big a deal is it? Well, start by subtracting your age from Intense shit. So given that this is by far the most important thing in life to get right, how is it possible that so many good, smart, otherwise-logical people end up choosing a life partnership that leaves them dissatisfied and unhappy? Well as it turns out, there are a bunch of factors working against us: People tend to be bad at knowing what they want from a relationship Studies have shown people to be generally bad, when single, at predicting what later turn out to be their actual relationship preferences. One study found that speed daters questioned about their relationship preferences usually prove themselves wrong just minutes later with what they show to prefer in the actual event. Unfortunately, not many people have a chance to be in more than a few, if any, serious relationships before they make their big decision.
September 21, Shutterstock At a certain advantage in any relationship, the honeymoon age fades, and the bones of the relationship are made crystal clear. At time, this results in a steady, adore commitment. But other times, in results in some immediate second-guessing and exit-planning. And often, you might not be privy to such thoughts and feelings—since they're coming from your partner, not you.