11 important things all happy couples know (according to scientists)

With the divorce rate finally dropping and people waiting longer to get into the best relationship for them, it seems lots of people are already in the know of what makes up a happy relationship.

In the year 2014, scientists took a closer look at what makes people hook up, stay together, break up and everything in between.

So what exactly were their findings? Lots of things that will probably sound familiar to every happy couple out there.

The questions ranged from small (what sleeping positions say about a couple) to large (whether marriage is better than unmarried cohabitation). The overall conclusion: While we may act like love with a capital L is the most important factor for a long-lasting relationship, science proves it takes a lot more than that.

However, with the divorce rate finally dropping and people waiting longer to get into the best relationship for them, it seems lots of people are already in the know. According to Melissa Hugel, here are 11 awesome things scientists learned about our relationships this year:

As Emily Esfahani Smith pointed out, "Kindness makes each partner feel cared for, understood and validated — feel loved."

But if you're part of a happy couple, you already knew that.

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