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Despite the sincere vows exchanged when people get married, there is no guarantee a marriage will last.
However, we might improve the odds of enjoying a lasting relationship by listening to the advice of people who had them.
Because of the work by Karl Pillemer, a Cornell gerontologist, we can now heed the relationship recommendations of 700 people married a total of 40,000 years. Pillemer completed a random national survey involving almost 400 individuals, 65 or older, concerning love, marriage, and compatibility. He also conducted in-person interviews with more than 300 people each married 30 plus years.
Pillemer’s goal was to collect “love and relationship advice of a large and varied cross section of long-married elders in a scientifically reliable and valid way.” The top five relationship recommendations turned out to be:
To learn more about what Pillemer discovered in his relationship research, read the details in his book, 30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage.
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