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Do Tell: What Makes a Successful Relationship?

I think we can all agree, there’s just no recipe for the perfect relationship — different things work for different people. But sometimes I wonder if the ultimate success of a relationship is based more on the circumstances that befall the couple than their actual compatibility. If a couple seems made for each other, but then fall on hard times, perhaps their eventual breakup has more to do with what they had to deal with then who they were.

Then there are those couples who don’t seem ready to cope with the twists and turns of life but end up lasting because they were never confronted with any serious challenges. I don’t know the answer to this one, so I really need your opinions. Do tell, is the success of a relationship more determined by its circumstances or the couple’s compatibilities? Or is it some combination of both?


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