8 secrets for Valentine’s Day love

Karl Pillemer, a family sociologist in Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, has spent the last five years surveying more than 700 older people about love, relationships and marriage. Some have been together happily for a half-century or more – making them true experts on how to find love and make it last. Here are […]

Premarital births no longer predict breakups

ITHACA, NY – Premarital births no longer predict breakups so long as couples marry after a child is born, according to a study by Cornell University professor Kelly Musick. The research, published this month in the journal Demography, marks a significant change in behavior from only two decades ago. In the early 1990s couples who […]

Love, Factually: Cornell Gerontologist Finds the Formula to a Happy Marriage

ITHACA, N.Y. – With wedding season in full swing, America’s newlyweds stand to learn the most from the experts: older adults whose love has endured job changes, child-rearing, economic certainty, health concerns, and other life challenges. Filling our knowledge gap on finding a mate and remaining married, Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer completed the Cornell Marriage […]

Planning a wedding? Four secrets to make your love last

Karl Pillemer, a gerontologist in Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, has spent the past five years interviewing 700 long-married couples – some have been together happily for a half-century or more – about their advice for making love last. He summarizes some of the best advice for those headed with wedding bells in their […]

Courting Cupid? 5 on-target tips for love

Karl Pillemer, a gerontologist in Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, conducted interviews with over 700 older people about their advice on having a happy, fulfilling, lifelong marriage. In time for Valentine’s Day, Pillemer highlights a few of these lessons for people looking for a relationship or trying to make it last.  Pillemer recently published […]

Five Valentine’s Day tips from 800 of America’s wisest couples

Karl Pillemer, a gerontologist in Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, has spent the last three years surveying over 800 older people about love, relationships and marriage. Many respondents had been married 30 or more years – including some who tied the knot 60 or 70 years ago. They shared some secrets – just in […]