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Marriage and health . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2929 (Published 12 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2929

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

12 July 2018
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA