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A new study of 1,700 married couples across the U.S. conducted by BYU found that those who placed more focus on money and possessions had less happiness and marital stability than those couples who didn't. Interestingly, couples who were more financially stable were the ones who argued about finances more and also coveted material possessions more. According to this article in USA Today, "...couples who believe that money is not important scored up to 15 percent higher on marriage stability and other measures of relationship quality than materialistic couples." If both husband and wife are all about the Benjamins, then the couple was significantly worse off in all marital satisfaction categories that the researchers studied. The numbers improved if just one person prized materials. What do you think?

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Comment by Neil Pearson on October 20, 2011 at 11:45am
I'm surprised we need a study to show this... isn't it just common sense?

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