Chapter 1 - Love, Romance and Reality

Love, romance and reality

Congratulations on reading this. Most people do more training
for their driver's licence than for one of the most important
relationships in their lives ... and we wonder why there's such
a road toll on the street of love!

'Happily ever after' sounds like an exaggerated claim from a fairy
story, but a good relationship is one of the best sources of
personal happiness. One study found that married people are
nearly twice as likely as single people to feel good about their lives
generally, and that this happy attitude positively affected their
work, friendships and parenthood.

If that sounds vague and hard to measure, consider a British study
which found suicide rates per 100,000 people were:

  • 9 for married people
  • 17 for unmarried people
  • 204 for people who had suffered unresolved relationship

Relationships can be blissful, or dangerous if you don't understand
what you're doing.

Studying relationships even makes sense financially when the costs
of divorce are so huge. One study estimated that, on average, every
Australian pays over $300 in tax dollars (£165) each year towards
the costs of divorce, compared to a mere 16 cents invested in
marriage education. But by taking this course, you're taking a positive
step and investing in your future happiness.