As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, it is important to know that love is not just a one day demonstration. Valentine’s Day is a day to show that Special One that you really appreciate them in your life on a day when the world celebrates love. Many people want to be loved but have no one. Many want to be held but have no one. Many people just need someone to smile back at them. So for you who have love, celebrate it and while we’re at it, let’s take some time to learn from the world’s happiest couples.
With the help of research and data, here are the top lessons learned from the couples who ranked themselves happiest.
- You don’t have to share everything.
Over one quarter of the happiest couples say they keep secrets from each other.
- Fighting can help work things out.
Seventy-eight percent of the happiest couples argue occasionally. The lesson: Couples who never fight may be avoiding conversations they need to have to forge an intimate relationship.
- Find activities and passions you both enjoy.
Of the 45 percent of people who say they have a lot in common with their partners, 95 percent describe their relationships as extremely happy.
- Respect your marriage bed.
Only one percent of the happiest partners say they’ve ever slept on the sofa.
- Talk to each other. Often.
Forty percent of the happiest couples say that communication—more than friendship, affection, or even sex—is the most satisfying part of the relationship.
- Touching is key.
74% of the happiest pairs give or receive back rubs.
- Even with time, it’s important to still find each other attractive.
Only 20 percent of the happiest partners say they’ve lost their attraction to their mates.
- Stay intimate.
Sixty percent of extremely happy couples—even those who have been together more than two decades—have sex three or four times per week.