Love and Relationships

Relationships 101

Dr. Beth Erickson

Relationships 101 – What Makes a Happy Marriage, & Three Additional Ingredients of a Happy Marriage

Dr. Beth ( first interviewed family studies researcher Dr. Peter Larson (, co-author of The Couple Checkup, on some of the 15 to 20 abilities that couples in happy marriages possess that make them successful, compared with unhappy couples. Then Dr. Beth elaborated on remaining three factors that time didn’t permit her and her guest to discuss: conflict, consumerism, and sex. In both segments, she and Dr. Larson stressed that a happy marriage is the best gift parents can give their children, and child-centered couples jeopardize their marriage and their child’s happiness.