A wonderful marriage depends upon a lot of things. But the biggest factor just may be you. A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, showed wives tend to control the happiness of their unions, especially when it comes to diffusing conflict. "Women have more influence than they realize," says marriage therapist Carin Goldstein, creator of BeTheSmartWife.com. "Men are reactive, while wives are introspective and take a more effective approach." Beyond disagreements, you're likely to be more adept at helping your marriage in the following areas. Photo by Getty Images.
1. With the in-laws. Besides having an innate desire to nurture relationships, "women are typically better at picking up familial nuances and dynamics," says Match.com relationship expert Whitney Casey. That's why it makes sense for you to take the lead on connecting with in-laws. Set times to spend with them (and apart from them) and establish what is and isn't acceptable with them-andRead More »from 8 Ways Women Control How Happy Their Marriages Are