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SCIENCE DOES SAY . . .

In contrast to the myths, research has shown that these traditiona­l beliefs about relationsh­ips actually do ring true

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A couple who uses the ‘we’ word = a couple that’s more in sync. Also, these couples are usually better able to resolve conflict. The study, from California-based researcher­s, discovered that couples who emphasise their separatene­ss by regularly using words such as I, me and you instead of we are more likely to be unhappy in their relationsh­ip. A couple who splits the housework = a happy couple. This is according to a Canadian study, which found that if each partner takes on between 40 to 60% of the housework and childcare, as well as sharing responsibi­lity for earning money, they wind up happier.

A couple who have more in common are more likely to last the distance. Opposites might attract but in the long run it takes a lot more than love to keep a couple together. Last year, Australian researcher­s found that difference­s in age, the desire for children, work ethic and consumptio­n of alcohol and cigarettes were the biggest factors that increased the likelihood of a relationsh­ip breakdown.

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