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Life Lessons: From spring fling to everlasting love

Published On: May 03 2013 05:00:00 AM EDT

Life Lessons: From spring fling to everlasting love

Studies show last year the U.S. had the sixth highest divorce rate in the world, suggesting millions of people can benefit from some advice to help keep their marriage strong.

Marriage and family therapists say we have to work at our marriages to make them as good as we want them to be. But there are simple things you can do right now.

They say compliment your spouse, be positive and create rituals like date nights to stay connected.


And here's more:

Whether it's marriage or just dating, you can take steps to keep your relationship going strong.

First, move the television out of the bedroom!

Watching the tube in bed can kill intimacy by distracting couples from using that time to relax and connect with each other.

Also, become friendly with each other's families.

A University of Michigan study found married couples are 20 percent less likely to divorce if the husband is close with his in-laws.

But be careful-- the risk of divorce increases if the wife cozies up too much with her husband's parents. The reason? Women eager to please in-laws may feel uncomfortable setting healthy boundaries.

Therapists say a mistake many couples make is trying to change each other. They say focus on the strengths in your relationship, not the weaknesses.