Newlyweds struggling with happiness: study

New Australian research has found that couples struggle with happiness in their first year of marriage.

Contrary to common belief, the Deakin University research found that the happiest couples are those who have been hitched for more than 40 years.

The university’s Australian Centre on Quality of Life measured the happiness of 2000 people on a scale of 0 to 100.

Surprisingly, the average score of couples in their first year of marriage was 73.9 compared with a score of nearly 80 for those who have been married for over 40 years.

"It's a little unexpected because the perception is that newlywed couples should be the happiest, but in reality that's not the case," said lead author Dr Melissa Weinberg.

"The engagement period is very exciting and it's a much anticipated event. After the big day, all couples are left with is the photos, the video, a pile of bills and the realisation that you have just made that huge life decision for better or worse."

At what stage of a relationship have you been happiest?

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  1. Russell Hayden04:03pm Sunday 09th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The grass will always look greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes we find ourselves in the wrong paddock and need to jump over a few fences to get where we need to be. Even after 30 or so years. Sex is a very small part of a marriage, just ask the woman, but it is possibly the biggest part to keep a happy marriage, especially after 30 years and a lack of it WILL destroy a marriage.