We've often heard this saying: "Behind every successful man is a good woman." The expression also holds true for successful women.
In fact, people with supportive spouses are "more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed," according to a study published by Carnegie Mellon University.
Researchers studied 163 married couples and discovered that people with supportive spouses were more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges. Those who accepted challenges experienced more personal growth, happiness and psychological well-being just a few months later.
"We found support for the idea that the choices people make at these specific decision points, such as pursuing a work opportunity...matter a lot for their long-term well-being," Brooke Feeney, lead author of the study and professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon, says in a statement.
Many successful people have discussed the importance of having their spouse by their side. Former president Barack Obama attributes his political success to his wife.
"Obviously I couldn't have done anything that I've done without Michelle," Obama tells Oprah Winfrey in 2011. "You were asking earlier what keeps me sane, what keeps me balanced, what allows me to deal with the pressure. It is this young lady right here... Not only has she been a great first lady, she is just my rock. I count on her in so many ways every single day."