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Secrets for a Happy Marriage

Even the best marriages take work. Take this quiz to see how much you know about what it takes to have a happy marriage.

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Secrets for a Happy Marriage
Secrets for a Happy Marriage
Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is the most important thing you can do with your partner in bed?

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The correct answer is: Spending a few minutes chatting every night before sleep lets you catch up, make plans and discuss problems in a quiet, tender setting.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Doing which of these with other people can help your marriage?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, bonding with other couples actually strengthens your own relationship, and reinforces your own sense of togetherness.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Couples who have deep conversations are less likely to break up.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Couples who have deep conversations are far likelier to be happy than couples who always keep it light.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can help your relationship?

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The correct answer is: Research suggests that keeping a journal may help cement your bond with your partner. The simple act of focusing for a few minutes on the important things in your life helps you feel more enthusiastic or positive about them.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What's the best place to take your partner on a date to keep your marriage happy?

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The correct answer is: Studies suggest that enjoying the arts can soothe anxiety, zap your risk of depression, and make you feel more satisfied with your life and relationships.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What is the single most important thing you can do to keep your marriage healthy?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, there's no way to have a relationship without spending time together alone. Marriage is the foundation of your life, kids, job, family friends and more, and so should be made a priority over all those things.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How many more positive than negative statements about each other do happy couples make?

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The correct answer is: Happy couples make five times more positive than negative statements about each other.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What's the best thing to do when things get tense in your relationship?

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The correct answer is: When things get tense, tap your sense of humor. Conflicts are inevitable in any marriage, but if you remember to laugh about them, it helps you work through the tension and reconnect.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Where might you want to move if you want to have a happy marriage?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, the capital city of Utah ranks No. 1 for happy marriages. Healthy habits, such as being physically active and not smoking, also made Salt Lake City the second youngest city in the overall rankings.

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Some experts suggest asking your partner how you can improve your relationship. What should you do while your partner talks?

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The correct answer is: One of the best ways to know how to improve your relationship is to ask your partner what you can do better, and take notes without getting defensive.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help get your partner in the mood?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. But don't eat the doughnuts -- just smell them. Research shows that the scents of doughnuts, licorice and lemons increase penile blood.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How can you get your husband to listen better?

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The correct answer is: Information from the right ear goes to the left brain, where the language center is. So speaking into your husband's right ear is one of the best ways for him to be able to process what you're saying.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these has been shown to be key to a happy marriage?

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The correct answer is: A new study emphasizes that two things come with the coffee and kiss: making your spouse happy and taking the time to do it. They're kindness and affection personified.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Where might you want to move to prevent financial issues from impacting your marriage?

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The correct answer is: If you want to avoid financial issues impacting your marriage, you might want to move to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The area's vibrant academic spirit (it's home to Duke University) and high employment level provide a solid backdrop for a good marriage.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How can women communicate better with their husbands?

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The correct answer is: Women should communicate with their husband by using fewer words. When researchers looked at a man's brain, the section that lit up when they heard a woman's voice is the same part used to decode complex sounds, like Mozart symphonies. Men literally hear women's' voices as something that's complicated and difficult to listen to, so they shut down and choose not to. Using fewer words requires them to process less.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How much sex should a healthy couple have?

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The correct answer is: There is no magic number for how much sex a couple should have. That's because a couple’s sex life can be affected by health, age, lifestyle, stress, libido, and other factors. Some couples are happy with more frequent sex, some are happy with less frequent sex. And that's really the point: not how much sex you're having, but whether you and your partner are happy with the sex you're having, regardless of the frequency.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What exercise can couples do to improve their relationship?

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The correct answer is: If you want to improve your relationship, go on a walk. When you and your partner are walking together, you will be able to receive the benefits of exercise and the benefits of being together. Communication is key to a successful relationship and all too often we do not communicate enough!

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What's one of the best ways to prove to your partner that you're in the relationship together?

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The correct answer is: One of the best ways to give a little ground and prove to each other that you're in this together, is to say you're sorry every once in a while. According to Sharecare expert Dr. Michael Roizen, it's the relationship Band-Aid that can heal a lot of wounds.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How much time should couples spend outside each day to keep their relationship healthy?

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The correct answer is: Researchers have found that spending just 5 minutes a day outside in a natural setting seriously lifts your mood and your self-esteem, which makes both you and your mate way more fun to be around.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating breakfast together helps strengthen your relationship.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Breakfast is the first chance for loved ones to gather each day. As difficult as it may seem, sitting down together and sharing a meal can deepen intimacy over time and set a positive tone for the whole day. Even if it is only five minutes, that's five minutes together.

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