Outside of a wine bar in California, Warren whispers an inside joke to his wife Edie, who snorts her Chardonnay in laughter. She playfully punches him. Their hands meet and clasp on the table. They’ll soon celebrate their 45th anniversary.
What’s their secret? “Marry your best friend,” Edie told me. It’s an endearing cliché, but does it hold weight?
A recent worldwide study of marriage found that while love and lust fluctuate, friendship lasts. Couples who consider each other “best friends” are twice as happy as regular couples. “Marriage, in a sense, is a super friendship,” the researchers report.