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Troubled families, troubled policy making

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 04 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5879

Marriage & Family

The elements of a successful marriage are compatibility, communication, compassion, cooperation, contentment, commitment, constancy, and continuity. Each element naturally leads to the next, and, if all elements are present, marriage partners feel at home with each other and bond as a family, which is the very essence of marriage. To quote the Buddha, "A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another."

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 November 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA