Secrets of successful marriage

by Elizabeth Heathcote

Marie Claire news: Kissing

Four kisses a day, and sex three times a week are the key to a happy and lasting marriage, according to a new survey.

Research of more than 3,000 married adults, conducted by confetti.co.uk, also showed that the most successful couples met through friends, share two hobbies, and say "I love you" to each other at least once a day.

The study, reported in the Telegraph, found that in the longest-lasting unions, the man was an average two years and three months older than his partner. The couple married after three-and-a-half years together, and had their first child two years and two months later.

The happiest couples make efforts to keep the romance alive, with two meals out together a month and two weekends away a year.

They also keep talking, even when they're at work, with at least three emails, text messages or phone calls a day.

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