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Do you have a decisive marriage? Published: August 28, 2014

New research shows that how thoughtfully couples make decisions can have a lasting effect on the quality of their romantic relationships, says Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times.

Couples who are decisive before marriage — intentionally defining their relationships, living together and planning a wedding — appear to have better marriages than couples who simply let inertia carry them through major transitions.

While the finding may seem obvious, the reality is that many couples avoid real decision-making. Many couples living together, for instance, did not sit down and talk about cohabitation.

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