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Why people who marry teachers end up the happiest

Teachers may want to consider adding their job description to their dating profile. Pearson, the educational publishing group, surveyed students about what qualities they look for in a good teacher—and the results are awfully similar to what traits people want in a life partner. Teachers (well, good ones anyway) are known for being self-less, kind, trustworthy, and capable of handling anything that life—or a third grader with a good arm—can throw at them. As ThinkAloud.net points out, “marrying a teacher is like hitting the jackpot” with a partner who is supportive, responsible, kind, and compassionate.

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Here are a few reasons that people who marry teachers may just end up in the happiest marriages of all:

The best teachers are good listeners who take the time to develop trusting relationships with their students and work to create safe and positive environments.

Teachers are responsible. Their job requires that parents trust them enough to hand over young children. They are well organized—planning lessons, meeting state education guidelines, and rarely call in sick. They are responsible for raising the next generation of youngsters—filling young minds with new, big ideas and helping them process the world around them. Having a partner who can handle responsibility is a blessing.

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Teachers are patient, caring, and kind. They take the time to get to know their students, forgive them when they make a mistake, and help them tackle difficult problems.

They can handle almost any situation. Everyone who has sat through first grade knows that teachers know how to solve the hamster’s disappearance, the glue spill, the impromptu haircut, and the sudden-onset stomachache whenever it’s time for math. Marriage is a messy juggling act and having a partner who can help solve any problem is definitely a plus.

They are engaging and motivating. Engaging teachers know how to motivate student, can show them how to learn from their mistakes, tap into their full potential, and teach them be their best. Plus, teachers who can, say, make the photosynthesis cycle or iambic pentameter seem interesting could definitely keep the conversation lively—even after 15 years of marriage.

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Teachers know how to communicate. As most relationship experts will tell you, being able to communicate in a productive way can make it easier to deal with conflict, and build a stronger and healthier partnership.

Teachers are dedicated and passionate. Teachers frequently wake up early, leave school late, spend time on weekends, and because so many schools don’t have proper resources, spend their own money to make sure their students have what they need. They do all that while being underpaid. A person who shows that level of passion and commitment to a cause would undoubtedly help cement a strong and lasting relationship with their own partner.

Teachers are fun. It’s nearly impossible to spend your life surrounded by children without learning to relax, embracing the amiable side of life, laughing at life’s foibles, and remembering that when the weather’s really nice, recess should be extra long. Having a partner that truly enjoys life is the foundation of a happy marriage.

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