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All it takes is 21 minutes per year for a happier marriage.
Apparently couples spell happiness r-e-v-i-e-w. An interesting study led by Eli Finkel, head of the social psychology department at Northwestern University, shows that couples who review their relationship three times a year enjoy happier marriages.
For two years, 120 couples participated in this study. Half of the couples reviewed or reappraised their relationships in writing three times each year, every four months, for a mere 21-minute annual total. The others did business as usual.
Finkel found that the three written reports prevented couples from declining happiness and slumping marital satisfaction. "I don't want it to sound like magic but you can get pretty impressive results with minimal intervention," said Mr. Finkel, lead author of the study.
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