In celebration of "National Lovers Day" on April 23, 2013, Zoosk.com, the romantic social network, conducted a survey among more than 1,118 Americans who say they are in a happy, committed relationship to gather their thoughts on what it takes to have a successful partnership.
From the survey results emerged a variety of tips that offer an inside look at the formula for a happy relationship:
Share responsibilities. Nobody wears the pants in a happy relationship!
78% of happy couples share decision making evenly.
67% of happy couples manage finances together, instead of assigning it to one person.
66% of happy couples share household chores such as cooking, cleaning and laundry.
Have sex at least 2-3 times per week.
28% of Americans in happy relationships have sex at least 2-3 times per week.
16% have sex 4-6 times per week.
16% copulate every day.
Be affectionate, daily!
69% of happy couples kiss and show affection many times per day.
Don't tell "little white lies."
70% of Americans in happy relationships agree that it is not ok to tell "little white lies" to their partner to keep the peace.
Stay in shape.
74% of blissful lovers say it is important that their partner maintains a good physical appearance.
18% of respondents say that their partner's physical appearance is a main attraction.
Avoid political discussions.
37% of Americans in happy relationships never talk about politics and 47% do so only occasionally.
My God is your God.
71% of Americans in happy relationships share the same religious beliefs and traditions.
Dial up the dialog.
72% of happy couples have real conversations about life, work, and family on a regular basis.
Zoosk conducted the survey online in April 2013. The survey garnered 1,118 responses from Americans who said they are in a committed relationship.