As many will know, marriage is no walk in the park. As the vows suggest, there are ups and downs but the union means sticking together for better or worse, richer for poorer, sickness and health and everything else in between.
Of course, life is no fairy tale and this isn’t always the case, but one city that seems to have the hang of married life more than most is Liverpool. Believe it or not, the popular northern city has been crowned the UK destination with the most happily married couples.
The result was revealed after a nationwide study of 2,000 British couples who have been married for longer than ten years showed that 48 per cent of Liverpudlians have an exceptionally happy union – a significantly higher number than the national average of just 38 per cent.
The 10 UK cities with the happiest marriages
1. Liverpool – 48 per cent
2. Nottingham – 47 per cent
3. Plymouth – 44 per cent
4. Cardiff – 43 per cent
5. London – 43 per cent
6. Sheffield – 42 per cent
7. Stoke on Trent – 42 per cent
8. Leeds – 41 per cent
9. Newcastle 41 per cent
10. Oxford – 41 per cent
The study, conducted by jewellers, Beaverbrooks, found that loved-up Liverpudlian couples spent the most quality time together – 27 hours every week to be exact. This was reported as either a consequence of, or a reason for, their happy partnerships. But either way, it suggests that regular quality time could be the simple yet effective key to a happy marriage.
Other secrets to marital bliss stated by the participants of the study included knowing when to apologise and always being reliable – both of which were reported by 46 per cent of the group as essential elements to maintaining a happy marriage.
Never going to the loo in front of each other (no matter how long you have been married), accepting your in-laws’ flaws and being politically aligned were also important factors, according to the study.
‘Although many traditions have changed over the last 100 years, some things will always stay the same when it comes to building a loving relationship,’ said Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks. ‘Whether it’s saying “I love you” every day, or always finding time for your significant other – it seems there are a few key pointers that will help keep marriages happy and content for partners all over the UK.’