Little Rock, AR -- Are you in love? A new study finds as many as 1 in 7 people are in a relationship with someone who is not "the love of their life."
"There's a percentage of people who end up marrying folks who aren't the love of their life and even that being the case most of those couples actually can make it," says Dr. Scott Bea, Psychologist " So, I think it's kind of uplifting because there may be other things that keep relationships together."
Researchers polled nearly 2,000 adults during a three-day opera festival in Europe. They found 73 percent of people say they're "making do" with their relationship because their "true love" got away. 25 percent said they were in love with two people at the same time. Seventeen percent admitted meeting "the love of their life" after getting together with their long-term partner. Dr. Bea suggests people who think they are stuck in a "make-do" relationship to look at the glass as half-full.
Researchers concede the majority of those polled claimed to be head over heels for their current partner, even if that person was not their true love.
Dr. Bea says to celebrate your wins as a couple - rather than focusing on the losses in your life.
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