Happy talk between couples boosts marriage

Relationships|January 29th 2017

Couples who share ‘good news’ about their day each night are happier, feel less stressed and have healthier relationships.

They also enjoy better sleep and are less likely to fall ill, researchers from Gonzaga University in Spokane reported after polling 162 couples in the neighbouring state of Oregon.

They focused on families in which one member served in the military, as such couples typically experience more lifestyle disruption than others. All the couples had been together for at least six months and around 20 per cent were unmarried.

Social psychologist Sarah Arpin said the findings highlighted the importance of discussing worries to relieve stress.

“This study adds to a larger body of literature that supports how important it is to share with your partner when good things happen, as well as to respond positively to the sharing of good news.”

She added:

“When you share something good, and the recipient of information is actively happy for you, it heightens the positive experience for both parties. However, when someone ‘rains on your parade’ that can have negative consequences.”

The study was presented at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention in San Antonio.

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