Centenarians offer words of wisdom on love and happiness
The most important factor in a successful marriage is communicating with each other effectively, a new survey has revealed.
Holiday Retirement, a provider of more than 300 senior living communities across the US, conducted a survey to uncover the factors and practices that centenarians think lead to a happy and healthy life. The aim was to capture the wisdom that comes with a life of 100 years or more.
In the survey of 68 centenarians, when asked for advice about marriage, 29 per cent of respondents said couples need to make a stronger effort to communicate, while 22 per cent deemed spending more time together to be the most important factor.
A further 22 per cent said saying 'I love you' on a regular basis is key to a perfect marriage.
The research follows a survey conducted by National Rail in August this year, which found that kissing five times a day, going for a romantic meal once a month, and admitting blame after an argument are the key indicators of a successful relationship.
Speaking after this survey, spokesman for National Rail, Andrew Robertson said: "It's encouraging that today's perfect relationship is based on simple things such as meals out, travelling together to new places, daily kisses and telling each other 'I love you' before going to sleep.
"It's also clear that Brits aren't demanding lavish holidays or expensive presents for a relationship to be deemed faultless – it's more about appreciating the time you have together and telling each other you love them."
When the centenarians in the most recent survey were asked about the drivers of health and happiness, they responded with reasons such as physical activity, spending time with loved ones, and spirituality and religion.
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