Food, family, forecast: Countdown to Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Cornell University experts offer advice for a safe and stress-free holiday, including directions on how to safely cook your turkey, get along with (and perhaps even learn from) your family and what to expect weather-wise. — Proper planning and attention to detail are important for the preparation of a safe […]

When judging other people, first impressions last

 ITHACA, N.Y. – A well-known saying urges people to “not judge a book by its cover.” But people tend to do just that – even after they’ve skimmed a chapter or two, according to Cornell University research. Vivian Zayas, professor of psychology at Cornell University, and her colleagues found that people continue to be influenced […]

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 […]

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 […]