50 Secrets To a Happy Married Life


Even though honesty, trust and a good sense of humour hold the top three rank for the most important factors in a relationship, there are some other elements that are also key to having a long lasting love.

A new survey conducted on British couples concerning the secrets to a happy marriage, having separate toilets, two cars and televisions all got the vote.

Having regular sex came up at number 20 on the list of 50 marriage tips, from a poll of 2,000 couples. The survey was carried out to mark the launch of a new book, How to Seduce Your Wife (or Anyone Else’s).

Other things that feature in the top 50 secrets include getting along with each other’s friends and family, not having ex-partners on your Facebook friends list and maintaining separate bank accounts.

Happy couples also revealed that trust, remembering birthdays and anniversaries and saying ‘I love you’ regularly help to keep a relationship happy and harmonious.

Andy Gibney, author of the book, said: “Trust, compromise and honesty are generally regarded as the most important things in a marriage but for most people, it’s not that simple.

“In the modern world, marriages are having to survive against a host of new technology with many couple falling out over what to watch on the TV or one or both of you spending too much time focusing on your computers, tablets or mobile phones.

“Romance is also an important factor, whether this is a surprise gift, a date night or simply some quality time together.

“After being married for a while, it’s easy to find you are stuck in a rut and not really paying each other any attention, but hopefully some of these ‘secrets’ will be helpful.”

Read on to find out the 50 secrets to a happy marriage:

  1. Trusting each other

  2. Same sense of humour

  3. Always being honest with each other

  4. Remember birthdays and anniversaries

  5. Accepting each other’s faults

  6. Compromising

  7. Saying ‘I love you’ regularly

  8. Knowing when to say sorry

  9. Being able to laugh at each other

  10. Having a similar outlook on life

  11. Regular hugs/cuddles

  12. Always kiss each other goodnight

  13. The occasional romantic gesture

  14. Considering your partner to be your best friend

  15. Sharing the parenting duties

  16. Always kiss each other goodbye in the mornings

  17. Having some shared hobbies and interests

  18. Always talk about a problem rather than bottling it up

  19. Ask each other about their day

  20. Regular sex

  21. Having some different hobbies and interests

  22. Knowing when to give each other some space

  23. Never going to sleep on an argument

  24. Regular holidays/mini breaks

  25. Having similar aims and ambitions

  26. Having the odd argument or disagreement

  27. Continuing to make an effort to look nice for your partner

  28. Getting on with each other’s family

  29. Setting aside quality time for each other

  30. Holding hands when you are out and about

  31. Regularly complimenting each other

  32. Having your own friends as well as mutual friends

  33. Two TVs in the house

  34. Getting on with each other’s friends

  35. Each having a car

  36. Still shaving/grooming

  37. Each having equal share of the lie-ins when you have children

  38. Separate bank accounts

  39. Having regular nights out with friends, without your partner

  40. Surprise gifts/presents

  41. Not being friends with ANY ex-partners on Facebook

  42. A rota to divide up the household chores

  43. Regular date nights

  44. Two bathrooms/toilets

  45. Not having one person hogging the remote control

  46. Similar working hours

  47. Knowing each other’s passcode for their phone

  48. A secret stash of cash they know nothing about

  49. Keeping some things private (not going to the toilet in front of each other etc)

  50. A night or two a week where neither of you use computers/laptops/phones etc.

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