This article from Erin Wildermuth discusses the importance of finding a supportive spouse. She writes, “Though not a necessary prerequisite to success, a supportive, positive partnership brightens the path and smooths the road.” Couples that support each other are more likely to take on more challenges and as a result, have more victories. Her article points to a study that had couples encourage each other to do some public speaking. The study showed that the couples who were more encouraging and enthusiastic were more likely to follow through with the public speaking. The supportive couples also reported more personal growth, happiness and psychological well-being than the couples who were not supportive. Marriage may not guarantee happiness or success, but marrying someone who is supportive and nurturing certainly plays an important role.