Dealing with feelings
Some people think the major keys for an enduring marriage are passion and romance. They are wrong. "Love is a prerequisite to launching a good marriage, but it isn't enough to keep the marriage afloat," says marital researcher Howard Markman.
More important than how much two people love each other, or how happy they are before the wedding, is how well they talk, share, and work out their problems after marriage. In order words, how they deal with their feelings matters more than what they're actually feeling.
Here are ten common characteristics of happy couples. Check and see how many describe your marriage!
The good news from the marriage researchers is that couples learn how to be happily married. It's possible, they say, to master the skills needed to make your relationship better. And that's good news!
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