What Research Tells Us About The Most Successful Relationships
There’s no single “formula” to a perfect and successful relationship. However, we’ve studied an awful lot about what long term successful couples do. While everyone’s relationships are a bit different, but we can take away a lot from what we know works.
In a study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers found that the way couples react to each other’s good news — either with excitement, pride or indifference — is crucial in forming and maintaining a strong bond.
Not surprisingly, studies show that conflicts about money and poor communication lead to unhappy couples more than almost anything else. This includes expecting your partner to read your mind, not speaking up, and harping on pointless issues. Talking and sharing is critical and this is why we created the How Game Are You? board games, to start people talking and sharing, and to see that its not that hard once you’ve started.
Maintain Strong Friendships Outside Your Relationship
Put fewer emotional demands on spouses. Married couples have a lot to gain by fostering their relationships with family members and friends. The happiest couples, she says, are those who have interests and support “beyond the twosome”.
Try New Things Constantly and Often
Couples who make time for fun activities tend to stay together longer, and become the long term successful relationship couple.
Sex Is Important
As you’d expect, several studies show that couples who have sex at least two to three times a week are happier with the relationship. Put bluntly, regardless of the age, the more sex you have, the higher the level of relationship satisfaction. Talking openly about sex and finding a middle ground regarding frequency appears to be very important for overall sexual and relationship satisfaction. Many couples say this is the hardest topic and yes it needs to be handled delicately and respectfully, but it does need to be discussed. Play the Couples Intimacy game and you have a great starting point, and its fun.
Don’t Be A Selfish Jerk
- Contribute to the household chores
- Quit video gaming your life away
- Quit hashing out problems over text messages
- Even out your drinking habits
- Be nice, keep open lines of communication, and try to do the things that matter.
Every successful relationship needs tending to keep it successful. Invest the time into some of the above activities that may have slipped, keep your communication open and if you need some help and some extra fun, buy the How Game Are You? Couples Intimacy game to take things up a notch.