IT MAY sound more likely to lead to divorce than romance, but filing a regular audit on the state of your relationship could be the key to a happy marriage, psychologists claim.
Dredging up arguments and in forensic detail three times a year can help couples achieve marital bliss, a study found.
What makes a difference is trying to take a benevolent outsider's view of the situation.
Couples asked to fill out a seven-minute appraisal online were able to offset the decline in marital satisfaction that affects the average couple over time, the researchers claimed.
"I don't want it to sound like magic, but you can get pretty impressive results with minimal intervention," said Eli Finkel, professor of psychology.
Researchers issued 120 couples with questionnaires on their satisfaction in the relationship, love, intimacy, trust, passion and commitment every four months for two years. (© Daily Telegraph, London)