3 things that determine if you’re ‘marriage material’… or not

by Krystle Crossman


You may think that you have this relationship down and that you are marriage material but are you really?

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health looked at three different traits in 9,000 people to determine whether they would walk down the aisle later in life or not. Those three traits are:

1. How attractive their personality was
2. Physical attractiveness
3. Grooming habits

They rated the 9,000 people on these three traits from a scale of one to five. The ones that scored the highest were the most likely to walk down the aisle.

You can have all the looks in the world, but if you have a horrible personality to go along with it, it means nothing. Personality will go a long way in attracting the opposite sex and will determine just how long you keep that person in your life. If you have a bubbly and infectious personality you are more likely to stay in a happy relationship that leads to marriage.

There of course has to be a physical attraction too. This doesn’t mean that you have to be stunningly beautiful for movie screen perfect. It means that you should be well-kept (here is where grooming habits come in) and you should have confidence in your appearance. People can’t physically see your personality so a first impression is very important and physical attractiveness plays a huge role in that first meeting.

If you feel that you are falling short in one of these areas, you can compensate with another. If you don’t feel that you are as physically attractive as others, have a fantastic personality so that people will look beyond just the physical and look at the whole package. These of course are not solid determining factors as to whether you get married or not, but they are a start!


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