While it can seem like winning the lottery gives you better odds than finding and maintaining a love that lasts a lifetime, there are some indicators which have been scientifically linked to long, happy marriages. You probably know that keeping up a decent sex life, maintaining trust and being compassionate are essential to the longevity your marriage, but you might be surprised to learn some of the more recent scientific findings about what makes a happy marriage. Here are some indicators that you and your partner are headed toward matrimonial bliss.

1. Thrifty Wedding

While you may have been dreaming of a big (expensive) wedding, it’s important to keep in mind that couples who celebrate their nuptials in a more financially sensible way tend to stay married. Spending more than about $20,000 was linked with divorce rates roughly three to four times as high as those with weddings in the $5,000-$10,000 range.

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