New book reveals the truth about modern relationships

Ever wondered what the secret to a happy and successful relationship is? Well, a new book could provide the answer. The Normal Bar, a newly-published tome, is the result of responses from 10,000 people worldwide, and aims to reveal the truth about love and relationships in the 21st century.

Book reveals secrets to happy relationship

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Co-authored by entrepreneur Chrisanna Northrupp, sociologist Professor Pepper Schwartz, and Director of the Centre for Social Science Research at George Mason University in Virginia, Professor James Schwartz, the book uses data collected from an ongoing global online survey, and gives an insight into modern attitudes to sex, love and relationships.

The Washington Post reveals that 74 per cent are content in their current relationship, with a lucky 66 per cent believing their partner is their soulmate.

One possibly surprising revelation is that men tend towards a more romantic view of love, with 48 per cent claiming to have fallen head over heels at first sight. Only 28 per cent of women could say the same.

However, love at first sight apparently doesn't last, because a third of men and 19 per cent of women confessed to having extra-marital affairs.

For those hoping to keep love alive though, it seems the answer could be in the little things. The book claims that for many, the secret to a happy relationship is having regular date nights, using pet names for your loved one, holding hands, kissing, offering the odd back rub and saying 'I love you' on a regular basis.

According to the results of the survey, a lack of communication was the number one reason for the breakdown of a relationship - so while romance and passion are all very well, it seems the simple act of talking is the key.

What do you think is the secret to a long and happy relationship? Leave your comments below...