Dating Self Development By Erin Lane / May 6, 2016 Unknown to many, divorce has become a prevalent problem among couples in the United States and in other countries as well. According to the statistics that were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million or 6.8 in every 1,000 couples get married each year in various churches and institutions. It was also revealed that 3.6 in every 1,000 couples get divorced each year. This means that almost half of the married population is predisposed to divorce. This is why it is important for all couples, regardless of their marital status, to learn how to prevent divorce. Here are some tips on how to do just that. Work on looking good One of the most common pitfalls of marriage is that couples fall into the state of complacency in which they think that they can just wear anything that will make them comfortable without taking their physical attractiveness into account. Couples should never underestimate the importance of staying physically fit and putting in the extra effort to look good for their partner. Aside from keeping their partner interested, this can also motivate their partner to look their best as well. This will help prevent any type of infidelity that can come from not making any effort to impress their partner in the looks department. Do not underestimate the power of sex For many relationship experts and researchers, sex is a basic need because of humanity’s need to procreate and to feel self-actualized. This just goes to show that sex is an essential part of every relationship since it has a lot of benefits that can prolong the relationship and improve the mental health of those involved. This is why many couples who have little to non-existent sex lives tend to opt for divorce. To avoid this problem, couples should go the extra mile to ensure that they can engage in these types of activities on a regular basis regardless of their busy schedules. Take up different hobbies Divorce can also stem from boredom, which can stem from doing the same thing over and over again. When this happens, couples soon find out that they will easily run out of things to talk about, which can make the relationship dull and boring. To avoid this problem, couples should consider taking different classes to ensure that they have something new to talk about. Having different hobbies also allows couples to spend some time apart, which can make them appreciate the type of relationship that they have. Do not play the victim Oftentimes, couples who are at the brink of getting a divorce start to play the victim in order to gain the empathy of their partner or their friends and family. This can just further drive the relationship into destruction since the authenticity of the relationship and the feelings that are involved will be put into question. This is why couples should not assume or take up the role of the victim even if they think that they did not do anything wrong. Through these tips and a series of conversations and interventions, couples can avoid divorce and have a long, healthy, and happy relationship.