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These 4 Things Kill Relationships | TIME

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Gottman’s research reveals that major differences of opinion don’t destroy marriages; it’s how a couple deals with them.

69% of a couple’s problems are perpetual. These problems don’t go away yet many couples keep arguing about them year after year.

How do good marriages deal with issues that can’t be resolved? They accept one another as-is.

When fighting, do your best to avoid using the word you and try to use the word I. This makes it much easier to express feelings and much harder to attack the other person.

What’s the most powerful little exercise to improve a marriage? “Reunite at the end of the day and talk about how it went.” The goal is to bleed off stress from the day so it can’t negatively affect your relationship.

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