While it might seem that we’re in control of our lives – and indeed, we are in control of our own specific actions – it remains a fact of the universe that chance, luck, and external factors come into play in determining our outcomes. This is true as well in the context of relationships. This can include the element of chance involved in actually finding a romantic partner, as well as situational elements that drive our interactions with our partners.
- there are several factors that can contribute to a successful marriage
- age, financial status, education, and the presents of children early on in the marriage contribute to success rates
- support networks are critical for a successful relationship to thrive
“But just as with the research on personal success, relationships researchers have yet to find the perfect algorithm to predict who stays together and who breaks up. A lot of it is still, frustratingly, unexplained.”