Marriage laws have changed considerably during United States history, including the removal of bans on interracial marriage and same-sex marriage.In 2009, there were 2,077,000 marriages, according to the Census bureau.In the last 50 years, divorce has become more prevalent.
But, anthropologist and human behavior expert at Indiana University who's spent decades studying different aspect of love, Helen Fisher says that if you wait about two years before getting married, it could boost your chances of leading a happy, life-long marriage.
That's because the longer you steadily date, the more you get out of your comfort zones and settle into a routine—and that's when your true personalities emerge. You need time for the early-stage dopamine haze to clear.
This is the brain chemical that's responsible for triggering that head-over-heels feeling when you first get together.
Dopamine makes us feel overly positive, which can mask the fact that maybe your union doesn't have long-term legs, says Miles.
That high usually starts to wear off in six months to a year, and those behaviors you thought you could live with or were even cute and quirky—for example, his forgetfulness or penchant for being 10 minutes late for everything—suddenly become super annoying potential deal breakers.