Relationships may get better
Are you worried that too much contact with your significant other might breed contempt instead of contentment? In the pleasant-surprise category, retirement comes with some perks, including the prospect of a happier marriage, according to a 2013 survey by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave.
The survey of respondents age 50-plus found that nearly half -- 48 percent -- identified their relationship as more fulfilling after retirement, while 45 percent said it was more loving. One-third of respondents reported their marriage was more fun. Just 1 out of 10 identified their relationships as boring, while 11 percent said it was more contentious.