|You're never too old to have fun|
|Novel and Arousing|
it works. These little exercises may* do more than just change your mood in the moment - couples who experience more gratitude are less likely to break up! For more on this topic, read my original post here.
And since this is a Friday Fun, you can also watch this clip from Big Bang Theory for an entertaining primer on what not to do.
These are just four of the many factors we know contribute to relationship success - what other ones have worked for you?
- Algoe, S., Gable, S., & Masiel, N. (2010). It's the little things: Everyday gratitude as a booster shot for romantic relationships Personal Relationships, 17 (2), 217-233 DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01273.x
- Aron, A., Norman, C., Aron, E., McKenna, C., & Heyman, R. (2000). Couples' shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78 (2), 273-284 DOI: 10.1037//0022-35220.127.116.113
- Gable, S., Reis, H., Impett, E., & Asher, E. (2004). What Do You Do When Things Go Right? The Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Benefits of Sharing Positive Events. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87 (2), 228-245 DOI: 10.1037/0022-3518.104.22.168
- Keltner D, Young RC, Heerey EA, Oemig C, & Monarch ND (1998). Teasing in hierarchical and intimate relations. Journal of personality and social psychology, 75 (5), 1231-47 PMID: 9866185
- Campbell, L., Martin, R., & Ward, J. (2008). An observational study of humor use while resolving conflict in dating couples Personal Relationships, 15 (1), 41-55 DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2007.00183.x
*So far, this research has been primarily correlational, so we can't say for certain that gratitude causes people to stay together.