From: Bob Condor, Chicago Tribune, December 09, 1998
David G. Myers: (edited)
The one question I would ask to make a guess about personal happiness is: Do you have soul-mate friends?
If someone is married, I would ask: Are you married to your best friend?
Answering yes to either question means the person's whole life is likely to be happy.
What's makes a happy marriage is `mutual self-disclosure,' or intimacy of feeling appreciated and heard.
Another factor is domestic equity, a term indicating the degree to which partners perceive over time that what they give and get when attending to household matters is in balance.
Feeling there is some equitable division of chores and responsibilities goes a long way toward a happy relationship.