By Tom Whipple, Science Editor
Scientists have been able to link the happiness of people’s marriages in their final years with the happiness of their life in their formative years, thanks to a unique study that followed a cohort of American men for the entirety of their adult lives. The research found that even in their ninth decade people were feeling the effects of their upbringing.
Robert Waldinger, from Harvard University, said that the work showed the importance of investing in childhood. “We showed the quality of your family environment in childhood really makes a difference in quality of marriage,” he said.