Keep it simple!
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Relationships need time and effort, yes, but studies show there are also simple ways to keep the spark going in the relationships. Here’s how.
1. Take a vacation (two actually)
To reap more satisfaction from your relationship, go on at least two holidays a year. Women who do so are happier with their marriages than those who skipped town only once every two years, according to a study published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal.
Frequent vacationers are also less likely to become tense, depressed or tired, say the study’s authors. And your partner isn’t the only who benefits – the psychological perks could also translate to better performance at work!
2. A hug a day
A dose of affection from your guy – hugging, holding hands, snuggling, kissing and more – can lower stress hormone levels for the both of you. What’s more interesting: Researchers from the University of Zurich have recently found that this effect gets “reset” on a daily basis. The first hug of the day is as good as the twentieth; so get your dose of lovey-dovey on and reap the stress-relieving benefits too.
3. Come clean
What’s the key to wedded bliss? Loyalty? Check. Great bed action? Duh. A study of more than 2,000 Americans, done by Pew Research Center, revealed that besides faithfulness and a good sex life, the third most important factor that contributes to a successful marriage is… sharing household chores. Now try telling him that.
Don’t be spoiling for a fight with your guy. (Photo: RyanMcGuire / www.pixabay.com)
4. Fight it out… Not
Lose the sarcasm and insults to give your relationship – and immunity – a boost. Apparently, it’s not just his ego that gets bruised. Couples who fight more heal slower from physical wounds than those with positive interactions, according to a study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology. The reason: The latter group had higher levels of oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone that revs up the body’s recovery rate.