UK couples reveal secrets to a happy ever after – how many do YOU do?

How strong is YOUR relationship? UK couples reveal the 25 things that keep them happy after more than a decade

  • According to married Brits, having sex 7 times a month is the secret to happiness
  • While over half of married Brits want their partner to admit when they’re wrong 
  • READ MORE: I want to have an AFFAIR so I don’t leave my sexless marriage  

While lack of intimacy can be the catalyst behind many marital spats, a new survey has finally put the debate to bed.

According to 2,000 British couples who have been together for ten years or longer, seven is the magic number. 

While scheduling sex in your calendar may seem like a sure-fire way to kill any lingering spark, being intimate just seven times a month could be the secret to a happily ever after. 

But, if you think the way to long lasting love is through grand romantic gestures, think again. Over half of married Brits just want their partner to admit when they are wrong.

A new study has revealed the way to a happily ever after, and most Brits just want their partner to admit when they’re wrong

The new survey, conducted to launch drama Love & Death on ITVX, revealed a host of secrets to a happy long-term relationship.

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A strong 43 per cent of the couples agreed having no secrets was the secret to a happy marriage, while 41 per cent said it was sharing a similar sense of humour and 31 per cent said never to go to sleep on an argument. 

On a more mundane note, over a quarter (26 percent) of the long-term couples polled, said a 50/50 division of household labour was essential to keeping things amicable.

Being able to laugh at each other (42 percent), not trying to change each other (36 percent) and having an open phone policy (10 percent) all featured in the list.

Nearly half (44 percent) of the British couples surveyed, claim they are very happy in their relationship, while a further 29 percent said they were generally happy.

When it comes to knowing you’ve found the one, 19 per cent admitted to being swooned on the first date, while a more practical 46 per cent said they took a few months to decide.  

According to the happily married couples, who have been together for ten years or longer, you should never go to sleep on an argument 

And the survey revealed that one year and five months was the average time to move in together, to ensure a successful long-term relationship.

The survey also revealed the honeymoon period ends after approximately nine months of being together.  

Overall 48 percent of Brits believe they have found their soulmate, however despite this one in five (20 percent) admit to being unfaithful to their partner. Of those, as many as 58 percent were found out by their partner.

Surprisingly a forgiving 85 percent of couples who have experienced infidelity have managed to work things out together – with 38 percent saying an affair actually made their relationship stronger.

17 percent felt an affair was forgivable on the understanding that it never happens again, while one in ten think being unfaithful doesn’t mean you don’t love your partner.

They say opposites attract, but many of the couples surveyed appreciated the same things, with 10 per cent saying liking the same takeaways was the key to a happy marriage and 20 per cent saying the secret was liking the same TV shows. 

The secrets to a happy long term relationship (according to Brits who have been together for ten years or more)

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