By Liz Loerke
“Happy wife, happy life,” so they saying goes. But according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a happy relationship might all begin with a happy childhood. Through a longitudinal study spanning more than six decades, researchers at Harvard Medical School found that men who grew up in caring homes felt more secure in romantic relationships in their 80s.
“Our study shows that the influences of childhood experiences can be demonstrated even when people reach their 80s, predicting how happy and secure they are in their marriages as octogenarians,” researcher Robert Waldinger of Harvard Medical School said in a statement. “We found that this link occurs in part because warmer childhoods promote better emotion management and interpersonal skills at midlife, and these skills predict more secure marriages in late life.”