The late rapper, Biggie Smalls, could not have said it better: more money does indeed bring more problems. Last year, researchers from Brigham Young University conducted a relationship evaluation, asking 1,734 couples throughout the United States about the importance of finances and relationship stability. The study found that couples, where both partners are materialistic, place importance on money had poorer communication skills, difficulties with conflict resolution and “low responsiveness”. In contrast, couples who did not place importance on money were more positively correlated in marriage stability and other measures that gauged the quality of the relationship.
When it comes to relationships, money should not be a deciding factor. Despite those words of wisdom, people still place money over quality of their relationships. Yes, people need money for things, such as food, shelter and luxuries, especially with the high cost of living in Los Angeles. However, if you are miserable when you come home, because you argue with your wife or husband, is it really worth it? This is not meant to discourage success in finances, but constantly arguing with one’s significant other about money related issues is not healthy.
If you notice yourself arguing constantly with your spouse about money or other issues, perhaps a thorough analysis of your relationship is needed. Love cannot be bought. Is money really worth more than your loved ones?
Brigham Young University (2011, October 13). Can’t buy me love: Study shows materialistic couples have more money and more problems. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 28, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2011/10/111013085237.htm