Top 10 Secrets Behind Successful Marriages

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Spears and Federline
An early 2006 New York Times study gave Britney Spears and Kevin Federline a 1 percent chance of surviving five years of marriage. They were divorced after only two. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)

3. Conflict and tension. Say what? That’s right, most healthy marriages require periods of conflict and tension in order to balance the relationship, like steam escaping from a pot so the pot does not explode. Conflict and tension also serve a role in the sexual relationship (“make-up sex”) of a marriage as well. Love only grows stronger when it has endured a storm.


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