01/08/2014 01:54 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

How To Build A Happy Marriage: 7 Science-Based Tips

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The New York Times writer Tara Parker-Pope pulled together the science behind nuptial bliss in her book For Better. Here's her seven-point recipe for a happy, long-lasting marriage:

1. Celebrate good news
Turns out divorce isn't as much about increased negative things as it is about decreased positive things:

"We've found that the positives are more and more important," says Howard Markman, co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver and one of the nation's leading marriage researchers. "It turns out that the amount of fun couples have and the strength of their friendships are a strong predictor of their future." [For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed]

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