A survey conducted in the UK found that 38 percent of couples report being “extremely happy” in their marriage.
What is the secret to their success? The survey, which polled 2,000 couples who were married for ten years or more, discovered a few surprising factors that could determine what helps keep relationships healthy.
Many of the couples reported being happy spending time with their spouse and viewing their marriage as a team effort.
For one, the survey found that owning more than one television and knowing your partner’s phone password helps keep marriages happy.
42 percent of the couples said that learning to “agree to disagree” was crucial for a healthy relationship, and 46 percent reported knowing when to apologize and being reliable were the most important tips.
Besides having two TVs, the survey listed separate hobbies, and even separate Netflix accounts as key to marriage success.
Physical affection also ranked highly with many couples listing a kiss goodbye and regularly physical affection as equally as important as diplomacy and listening.
The survey also polled couples on the biggest obstacles and challenges that come up in relationships.
Not surprising, financial problems were listed as the biggest challenge, and 27 percent said work pressures often got in the way of happiness.
Other challenges included not spending enough time together or getting annoyed with their partner.
The popular British jewelry company Beaverbrooks commissioned the survey.
“We wanted to reveal exactly what constitutes a truly happy marriage,” said Lorna Haddon, the head of diamonds and jewelry at Beaverbrooks. “Although many traditions have changed… some things will always stay the same when it comes to building a loving relationship. Whether it’s saying ‘I love you’ every day, or always finding time for your significant other – it seems there are a few key pointers that will help keep marriages happy and content for partners all over the UK.”