Forget "happy wife, happy life!," study says it's all about the husband


We've all heard the saying "happy life, happy wife," right? Well, maybe it's not so true after all.

That's right ... there's new research that says it might be the husband that plays a more crucial role in the health of a relationship.

This study was done by the University of Chicago, and they studied 953 older couples age 63 to 90 who had been married or living together for an average of 39 years.

TIME reports that the study compared the characteristics of the husbands and wives and found a woman's positivity -- someone's desire to be seen positively -- had little or no effect on conflict in a marriage.

But the husband's positivity had a big effect on the relationship. The husbands with high levels of positivity reported less conflict in their relationship.

The trend was the same if someone was in poor health. The female's health had little impact on the relationship but the male's health did.