For decades, the idea that spending a fortune on engagement rings and weddings is good for your relationship has gone untested and largely unchallenged. But recently, a pair of economists put De Beers et al. to the test.
You might expect differences between romantic partners to cause problems for the couple. Don’t birds of a feather flock together? But in fact, recent studies suggest that goal pursuit might be one area in which differences between romantic partners can nicely complement one another.
People’s attachment styles can explain a lot about their behavior in their relationships. But where do these attachment styles come from? Recent research suggests that early parental care plays an important role in shaping the relationships we have later in life.
When one partner invests time, energy, emotions, and other resources into the relationship, the other partner tends to appreciate that person more and is subsequently more willing to stay in that relationship.
People have a tendency to judge other people's lifestyles, particularly their relationship decisions. Researchers have found that this judgment actually comes from a place of insecurity: we judge other people's choices to feel better about our own.
Common sense says that you should get a place that's in between you and your partner's places of work. But, according to recent research, you may want to choose a place that allows you to both travel to work in the same direction instead.