Mar 01, 2019
By Christine Ross
Next time you spat with your spouse, try this excuse “it’s not you, it’s my hormones!” A new study claims your happiness in marriage may be out of your control and may be based, in part, on genetics. When at least one partner in a marriage had a certain oxytocin receptor, the couple had greater marriage satisfaction and security compared to those with other types of this receptor. Oxytocin is a hormone that’s been shown to play a role in social bonding and emotional stability. Data was collected from close to 200 married couples aged 37 to 90 years who completed a survey on their marriage security and satisfaction and submitted a saliva sample for gene testing.The study is published in the journal Plos One.