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.

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.

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.

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.