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The Benefit of Romance

posted by Linda Mintle

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my 92 year old father!

Love is definitely the topic of today.

Love has many benefits, especially when we are talking about romantic love.

Did you know that having a romantic relationship makes both men and women happier? Ok, I know some of you are thinking, not in my case. It’s true, relationships can also be a source of great pain and conflict. But overall, romantic relationships make us happy. And the stronger the commitment, the happier we are!

When researchers at Cornell University and Penn State University compared married couples to singles or cohabitators, they found that even when the marriage is not so happy, both partners have a better sense of well-being than singles or couples living together. A reason for this could be that marriage brings a sense of stability, given the commitment.

And here is the kicker. It’s not that happy people necessarily get into happy relationships. Instead, relationships seem to make people more happy. So if you want to improve your well-being, find that special someone. And if you are in a relationship on this special day, celebrate your happiness. Romance makes us happy!

 



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