As many of you are no doubt aware, Ben Affleck got a lot of flack after his infamous 2013 Oscar acceptance speech, in which he thanked his (then) wife Jennifer Garner for the “work” that they put into their relationship. This comment prompted an intense backlash, which has … [Read more...] about Ben Affleck Was Right: Relationships Are Hard Work. And That’s OK.
While the Disney animated film “Frozen” is most famous for its lovable characters and award-winning song “Let it Go”, this kids’ movie can teach us a thing or two about attachment styles in close relationships and the important interplay between partners’ preferences for intimacy … [Read more...] about Anxious-Avoidant Duos: Walking on Thin Ice in Relationships and Physical Health
Imagine that you have a personal goal, such as exercising regularly. Now, imagine you also have a romantic partner. That partner can either help (e.g. by encouraging you to join them in exercising) or hinder (e.g., by encouraging you to stay home and binge watch your favorite TV … [Read more...] about How Breaking Up Helps and Hurts You Achieve Personal Goals
Most advice on pursuing goals focuses on what you can do to achieve your own aims. But how can you help those you love to achieve their goals? Relationship partners play an important role in helping or hindering our progress toward our goals.1 Here are seven science-backed tips … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Use Science to Help Your Partner Meet His or Her Goals
One thing that relationship research has taught us is that good relationships are good for us. Many studies have demonstrated that solid relationships are associated with better health and longer life. In fact, having strong relationships is a better predictor of mortality than … [Read more...] about Stronger Relationships Make For A Stronger You