Relationship Smarts:Part 2

What common factors are present for couples who go the distance? In continuation of the 3 part blog series Happily Ever After, psychologists have seen some common patterns amongst happy couples. Part 2: The ability to share Joy with each other Researchers see this as one if not the most important factor to high quality relationships. Psychological researcher, Shelly Gable, conducted a 2006 study with adult couples found four distinct ways how attention is shown to each...

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Relationship Smarts: Part 1

When recovering from a major relationship break-up, what often enters the mind is the question, “Are lifelong partnerships and marriages just a thing of the past and just fantasy?”  After all the divorce rate is already over 50% and any marriage after that the percentages just gets higher. So what creates a lasting relationship? This is something social scientists often grapple with in their research with 3 big factors currently standing out. One big factor is...

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