Top 6 habits of happy couples

How do happy couples make it work? We delve into some of the common habits shared by those in the strongest relationships.

By Caitlin O'Hanlon

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No one begins a new relationship with the intention of becoming miserable one day. Rather we forge ahead in our most blissful state with dreams of happiness and love that will last a lifetime. And then the honeymoon phase wears off. But for every couple who hits a rough patch that they just can't find a way past, there is a couple who remains committed and in love for the long haul.

So how do they pull it off? To learn more about what it takes to keep a relationship going strong we turned to psychologist Lesley Lacny, who regularly witnesses the habits that help bring continual happiness to many couples.

1. Communication: Happy couples talk -- a lot
Keeping communication going strong throughout your marriage can be as simple as sitting down with your partner in the evenings and asking how his or her day was.

Not surprisingly, couples who make the effort to put communication at the forefront of their relationship are often the happiest, says Lacny.

Make an effort to talk to your partner daily. It doesn't matter what you discuss, but keeping those lines of communication open will only serve to better your relationship, she explains.

2. Happy couples (really) listen to each other
The best thing you can ever do for your partner is to truly listen to him or her. It allows you to understand your partner so much better.

"Get to know your and your partner's sensitivities and where they come from," says Lacny. "Understanding our 'buttons' or 'triggers' helps make sense of why small issues can turn into big ones," she explains.

Learning what makes your partner tick only serves to ensure that you know how to diffuse those situations, and the fewer problematic situations you face the happier you both will be.
 
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