By Christina Vercelletto
Divorce can be devastating, but it doesn't mean you've blown your chance at bliss. A failed first union can prime you to spend the rest of your life feeling loved, secure and respected. Read on to learn why second marriages are often a much-improved experience over the first time.
1. You have more in common with spouse two. Whether it's an obsession with sushi or a reputation for being the first one on the dance floor, second marriages usually unite mates with similar likes and dislikes. "Pierre lives to eat; I live to cook. I don't think my first husband would've eaten at all if he didn't have to for survival!" says Patty Morin of Fairfield, IA. "And my ex hated socializing. Yet I don't know who talks more: me or Pierre." Why the compatibility? You learn what differences you don't like from the first go-round. "You don't have to negotiate every party invitation or what's-for-dinner decision anymore," explains Tina B. Tessina, PhD, author of Money,