Most of us make up when it comes to relationships as we go. So maintaining a great relationship can be hard work. While the early stages of love can quickly excite you, the grinding of everyday life and our own personal baggage can lead to conflict, hurt feelings and emotional withdrawal.
We find that the love and relationship research is bound up with empathy, positivity, and a strong emotional bond.Researchers have zeroed in on the' 5:1 ratio' for starters. For every negative interaction, couples should have at least 5 positive interactions as gratitude and appreciation play roles in fostering engagement.
While it is natural to fight in a relationship, science says there's a right way to go about it. A fight should last no longer than ten minutes. Studies also show that couples are 10 times more likely to be happy when they discuss things right after the fight.
And what does science say about sex's role in a happy relationship?It comes as no surprise that having sex is significant. One study showed couples having sex at least once a week was 44 per cent happier than those who don't.
infographic by: loveconnection.org