February 10, 2009
Compromise key to marriage
The key to a good marriage is lots of compromise, says a Texas professor who studies long-term relationships.
More people live together now instead of marrying and more women work rather than stay at home, Murguia said of changes in long-term relationships.
If you win in an argument or conflict with the other, then you really lose, said Edward Murguia, a sociology professor at Texas A&M University.
If you have somebody losing, then that is going to weaken the relationship.
Despite the changes, some things remain constant in keeping relationships healthy including a liberal helping of compliments, Murguia said in a news release from the university.
Murguia also suggests reading romantic tips from newspapers and magazines just before Valentine's Day.
They are good ways to keep a relationship alive even if you've been married for a long, long time, he said.