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In Gottman and Silver’s excellent book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (1999), John Gottman describes how, after observing a couple’s interaction for only 15 minutes, he can predict the likelihood that they will remain together.And, surprisingly, he is almost always right.

When researchers tested his predictions, he was 91% accurate.So, based on decades of research and interviewing thousands of couples, what did he conclude was the secret behind a happy marriage?“Happily married couples aren’t smarter, richer or more psychologically astute than others,” he says.

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