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Marriage Bliss Lasts Just 30 Months

Update Date: Apr 24, 2014 03:17 PM EDT

Marriage bliss lasts for only two-and-a-half years, a new study suggests.

New research conducted at New York University found that couples no longer felt as passionate about relationship after 30 months of being married.

The study, which involved 395 newlyweds, revealed that 10 percent of women and 14 percent of men described themselves as being "extremely unhappy".

However, those who managed to maintain their passion seemed to be happier with their relationships from the beginning.

Lead researcher Dr. Michael Lorber said that people report feeling more depression and aggression as they signs of the honeymoon "glow" begin to wear off. Researchers believe that recognizing these signs early might help preserve marital bliss and keep couples happy.

"We can make some predictions about which highly satisfied newlyweds or soon-to-be newlyweds may not stay that way, and then try to help those people," said Lorber, according to the Huffington Post.

"It might be easier to do some relatively 'light touch' interventions early on than to do intensive marital therapy after things have already soured," he added, according to the Daily Mail.

The findings were published in the March issue of Prevention Science.

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