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Research: 7 Secrets To A Happy Relationship

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For a lot of people, the most important thing in the world is being in a relationship. There’s security in it: you’re loved, you have a partner, and you’re no longer out there in the world, single, trying to make sense of the bizarre messages you get on dating sites. Being in a relationship is great! But it’s also hard work, and being happy all the time takes a lot of patience and effort.

One of the largest studies of relationships ever has finally reported its findings. Conducted over a two-year period that encompassed 5,000 people of all relationship statuses, ages and sexual orientation, the research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, reveals some pretty interesting keys to keeping your relationship happy.

Let’s break it down for you.

1. Don’t have kids: Once you’re married the questions about when you’re going to have a baby start. It’s as if it’s just the mandatory next step in this whole thing called life, and any mother will tell you it’s the greatest thing in the entire world. However, couples that have chosen not to have kids feel most “satisfied” overall, and more valued by their partner. Although the study did find that the most miserable of the group are women who don’t have a partner or child, and the happiest of everyone are mothers, this is about happiness in relationships.

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