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Love and Happiness

Happy marriage: 10 ways to improve relationship
(1) Communicate any way you can. Being together and being friends is how all good relationships begin and grow stronger. If you don't feel like your partner has your best interests at heart you won't commit for life. (3) Be kind. It's so easy to be bad-tempered when you spent a lot of time with someone (5) Once in a while, do one thing that you wish your partner would do for you. (10) Touch each other frequently. It doesn't have to be long, in public or sexual. Do it in a way that says: "I am in this with you, and it's where I want to be".



Hot woman + ugly man = happy marriage - Handsome men negative about marriage
Psychologists believe that happier marriages result from attractive women who marry uglier men. And women who marry handsome men had better be on the lookout: Men who saw themselves as better looking than their wives were more likely to be dissatisfied and have negative feelings about their marriage. "Men who were more attractive than their partner demonstrated a tendency to offer less emotional and practical support to their wives. Attractive men have available to them more short-term mating opportunities. This may make them less satisfied and less committed to the marital relationship."

Forgot bimbos and dumb blondes: men happiest with smart women
Research of 5000 Australians shows that men in search of happiness should steer clear of bimbos and dumb blondes: men are happiest if they marry smart women. Every extra year of education a wife has increases the chances her husband will report being highly satisfied with life. "The higher the education level of the wife, the happier the husband is," says Shane Mathew Worner. Married men and women on average are happier than single people and cohabiting couples, although happiness decreases a bit in the years after marriage. Women do not care how dumb their husbands are - but they feel happier if the men are smarter than they are.

Marriage Beats Money for Happiness
When reaching for the happiness, it's better to go for the golden ring than the greenback. A poll of 1,010 adults shows most Americans are generally satisfied with the way their personal life is going. But those with higher incomes and especially those who are married are more likely to say they're very happy with their life. Married adults at any income level were as likely, if not more likely, to report being happy than even the wealthiest unmarried adults. Combining the results of the 2006 poll with those from 2005 and 2004, researchers say marriage may be more strongly associated with personal happiness than money.

What makes marriages work - 6 Stages of Marriage researched
More than half of us are not only bad at marriage, we're lousy at divorce - and we don't seem to be learning a thing: 60% of second marriages fail as well. So if we don't learn from our failures, is it possible to learn from others' successes? Researchers began a long-term look at marriage to discover what makes the good ones work. Stages of marriage are set by emotional themes and interaction patterns. (1) Partners see each other as perfect: necessary for a trust in each other's commitment. (2) Yet as signs of external interests emerge the other partner may view it as betrayal. The task is to start accepting differentness as enhancing the relationship.

How to Make Your Wife Happy - Emotional commitment
The key ingredient to a woman's marital bliss is her husband's emotional commitment, suggests a new study. The finding is in contrast to previous research that focused on a husband's salary and division of household work as the main drivers of a woman's perception of a happy marriage. Even so, the research determined that women whose husbands bring home more than 68% of the bacon are the most content. "Regardless of what married women say they believe about gender, they tend to have happier marriages when their husband is a good provider — provided that he is also emotionally engaged."

What Do Women Really Mean When They Say They Are Unhappy?
The one consistent factor is the sense that women are more `naturally` monogamous than men. A new report challenges that theory. Michelle Langley conducted research over a 10-year period that indicates that women do, in fact, cheat as much as men. Even more surprising, Langley says marriage and fidelity may be more difficult for women than it is for men because men who marry in their mid to late twenties are moving away from their sexual prime; whereas women of the same age are just beginning to move into theirs.

The 10 Secrets of a Happy Relationship
The statistics on relationships are depressing: in California alone, the average marriage lasts just 5 years. Nationwide, 43% of marriages end within 15 years. Second and third marriages end in divorce 60-70% of the time. Clearly, how we handle our relationships is not working. (1) It starts with you. (2) There's you, there's him/her, and then there's "we". (6) Don't compare. (7) Don't wonder "what if?".

The 7 Unfailing Laws of Successful Relationships
Most think that relationships exist to make them happy. When they find that special person, they believe that love will naturally grow. But in relationships we encounter everything, challenges, joy, fulfillment, loss. Yet, despite all training in life, we seldom learn about the knitty gritty of relationships, how to build the relationship in a way that brings out the best in all. (Law #4) - Enjoy Honest Communication Without the ability to say No, we cannot say Yes.

People in Committed Relationships Are Happier
People in relationships are generally happier than other people, a new study finds. And spouses have the highest sense of well-being, whether they are happily married or not. People who cohabit are next on the scale of happiness, followed by those in steady relationships and then those in casual relationships. Unpartnered people report the lowest levels of well-being. The bottom line is that having a romantic relationship makes both men and women happier, and the stronger the relationship's commitment, the greater the happiness and sense of well-being of the partners.

Improve Your Relatonships - tried and true tips
Here are some tried and true tips from people who have enjoyed long, happy relationships. (1) Refresh – Take time to look back, refresh your memories and share what brought you together. Especially when times are difficult, lean back and rely on these old memories as your foundation and glue yourselves back together with them. (6). Disagree – Agree that it`s okay to disagree on some issues, and leave it at that. No need to create a new religion or political movement just to appease both of you. You don`t have to agree on everything. And you won`t. And that`s okay.

Early to wed may make marriage happy - Survey
Americans are waiting longer to get married, but they shouldn't wait too long: The odds for a happy marriage may favor those who tie the knot between the ages of 23 and 27, says a survey. The average age at first marriage in the USA has been inching upward; it's now 26 for women and 27 for men. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said marriage should be a lifelong commitment.

10 Steps - The essential ingredients to make a person's life happier
In an unusual three-month experiment, six specialists from a variety of disciplines worked to improve the happiness levels of a typical UK town. -- (1) Plant something and nurture it. (2) Count your blessings, at least five, at the end of each day. (3) Take time to talk, have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week. (4)Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up.

Tips For A Happy Marriage
In January 2006, I will be married to my husband for 29 years. Great marriages don`t just happen. You have to do something to make it last. Improve your marriage now. Remember that improvement is not a one-time event. It`s a process, so better start now. The Qualities of a Successful Marriage: Love, Support, Tolerance, Communication, Realistic Expectations, Caring, Nurturing, Sense of Humor, Commitment, Respect...