Great insights – communicate

“The main reason marriages break up is not conflict, communication problems, or sexual incompatibility,” says relationship researcher Terri L. Orbuch, Ph.D., who followed 373 couples for over 22 years as part of a marriage study funded by the National Institutes of Health. “It’s frustration — the day-to-day disappointment of the gap between what you expect and how your partner acts — that is most damaging.” To diffuse that frustration, share your expectations with each other. “And be sure to check in with your partner once a year, as added pressures or life changes can create new expectations,” Orbuch says.

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