We're saying what you're thinking: There is no such thing as a perfect marriage -- and in 2012, we're okay with "good enough." In light of a real desire to make it work, we're coming at the institution with more realistic expectations than before. The median age of couples who are getting married for the first time is the oldest it's ever been (age 28 for men and 26 for women), producing wiser and more worldly lovebirds. Add in a seriously depressed economy and you've got couples who don’t expect marriage to be a nonstop parade of kittens and sunshine.
"We're pitching in and sharing family and household responsibilities more than ever before," explains sex and relationship counselor Ian Kerner, Ph.D., bestselling author of She Comes First and Love in the Time of Colic. After watching the downfall of seemingly-great relationships (like Arnold and Maria and Demi and Ashton), many of us are realizing that it could happen to any of us -- and that really, the grass is actually pretty green right here at home.