For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage

By Jonathan Liu

Half of marriages end in divorce—true or false?

False, as it turns out. The actual divorce rate is much lower—for college graduates married in the 1990s, it’s about 16%, a far cry from the 50% touted by conventional wisdom. As you’ve probably learned, conventional wisdom is often wrong about a lot of things. But when it comes to marriage—that commitment that we make “for better or for worse”—we often have little more than conventional wisdom, traditions and anecdotal evidence to go on.

For Better book coverFor Better: The Science of a Good Marriage, by Tara Parker-Pope, aims to change that. The book is an exploration of a diverse array of studies that have been done about marriages, relationships, sex, parenting, flirting and more, and it’s meant to provide evidence-based answers rather than “well, it feels right” advice.

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