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)

9. Emotional security. This is usually an overlooked aspect of human need: the requirement we have to keep a place where we feel safe and secure from the outside world. A marriage that is working well is just that. It's the “us against the world” mentality, where we feel needed and wanted. When you listen to sports players talk after they win championships, someone will always say, “We closed ranks, and it was us against the world.” A successful marriage works the same way.

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