April 23 is National Lovers Day

Study: Sex, sharing, staying in shape are key in lasting relationships

Author: Lisa Ray, Managing Editor, ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnLisa, lray@wdiv.com
Published On: Apr 23 2013 10:48:24 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2013 11:36:04 AM EDT
DETROIT -

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.