Science Shows These Are The 11 Secrets To A Happy, Long Relationship

Long-term relationships don't have to be boring. As amorphous as relationships are, scientific research has still been conducted, particularly in the last century, to figure out why some couples are more successful, and happier, than others. And if you're looking for the keys to a happy relationship, the details may be a lot more specific than you'd think.

A lot of the keys to long-term success in relationships boil down to successful communication styles between partners. "No two relationships are the same and there is not an exact formula to happiness and longevity," Dr. Dara, a licensed clinical psychologist, rapid resolution therapist, board certified clinical hypnotherapist, and author, tells Bustle. Because of the amazing diversity of relationships, things like honesty and consideration become much more important than any tangible relationship hacks.

Psychologists and other scientists have long been curious about relationships. And famous researchers like Dr. John Gottman have conducted decades-long studies of couples, through methods that have been repeated in research elsewhere as well. So a lot of the information you may be searching for is already out there. While some of the research may be hard to digest, a lot of it boils down to a certain few key points.

Here are 11 science-backed secrets to a happy, long relationship, that aren't what you'd expect.