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The Secret to a Happy Marriage

Want to know if your love will last? Make sure you have this essential ingredient

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  • If you were to speak with a friend about the person you'd like to spend your life with, would you be apt to list qualities like "great-looking," "makes good money," "sexy" and "mysterious"? Or are you looking more for things like honesty, fun and similar interests? According to a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, couples who put the most effort into building a strong friendship were less likely to break up. When important traits are valued, relationships tend to last.

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    Couples who start out as friends and whose love deepens enjoy a romantic love versus a passionate love. Romantic love has all the components of passionate love (intensity and sexual attraction) without the obsession that is present in short-term affairs. Relationships that begin solely on a physical level will usually fizzle out over time. Getting to know someone will either assure that you are a good match, or it will send you clear signs that you may be destined only for a sexual, short-term fling.

The Secret to a Happy Marriage
Want to know if your love will last? Make sure you have this essential ingredient
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