Modern marriage lasts an average of 9.4 years -- considerably less than forever. Too often the "I do" dissolves into "I don't, I can't, and I won't." Yet for every marriage that crumbles, another endures. Here, marriage experts David and Claudia Arp share some of the key ingredients in those good marriages that endure.
Dealing with feelings
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.
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!