The secret to your success is who you marry, psychologists say

According to a Carnegie Mellon University study, those who receive emotional support from their spouses are “more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed.”

Psychologists studied 163 couples and came to the conclusion that people with supportive partners were more likely to dive into potentially rewarding challenges. 

People who take on challenges experienced more personal growth, psychological well-being, and overall happiness just a few months later.

“We found support for the idea that the choices people make at these specific decision points, such as pursuing a work opportunity…matter a lot for their long-term well-being,” lead author of the study and professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences , Brooke Feeney stated.

Many of the most successful and influential people in the world have also discussed the crucial importance of having a partner by their side throughout the trajectory of their career.

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We must note,  that it is not just women supporting their husbands. In a 2013 interview on the Oprah show, Beyonce said her husband, Jay-Z, is strongly supportive of her and helps her “on so many levels”.

“I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man,” says the Grammy winning singer. “It just gives me such a foundation.”

The study reveals that there are three main steps one can take to energize their spouse into embracing new work opportunities: Express enthusiasm, reassure your partner and discuss the benefits of trying something new.

“Significant others can help you thrive through embracing life opportunities,”  Feeney explains. “Or they can hinder your ability to thrive by making it less likely that you’ll pursue opportunities for growth.”

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