Just-released findings from the NIH Early Years of Marriage (EYM) Project, the longest running study of marriage ever conducted in the US, reveal that it's simple gestures and small behavioral shifts that keep couples together and happy over the long term.
Happy relationships shouldn't be hard work, says research professor and psychologist Dr. Terri Orbuch, project director of the landmark study. While many relationship experts say you should focus on fixing what's wrong, her research shows that adding positive behaviors to the relationship has a much greater impact on couples' happiness.
Dr. Orbuch and her team of researchers have observed 373 married couples for nearly a quarter decade. In her new book, 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great (Random House, 2009), she discloses stunning findings from the EYM study for the first time that she's translated into practical tips all couples can use, married or not.
Orbuch, known as the Love Doctor, has a new book out, Five Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great, and she outlined those steps and answered caller's relationship and rommance questions on this last News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network before Valentine's Day.