As determined by psychologist and marriage expert Dr. John Gottman.


Everyone wants to know the secret to a happy marriage, but it’s hard to find a trusted resource. When it comes to relationships, Dr. John Gottman, a world-renowned marriage expert and author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, is one expert to believe. Gottman shared his key marital advice with host Lori Leibovich on this week’s episode of “The Labor of Love.”

From more than 40 years of research, he’s determined several rules for couples to follow—one being they should spend six hours together every week, and at least an hour of that should be spent talking about their relationship—both what’s going well, and what isn’t working. He also focuses on how to manage conflict, since he has found that 69 percent of all relationship conflicts are perpetual, meaning they're a result of personality differences between partners. For all seven principles, and how to apply each to your marriage, listen to the full episode below and don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!