Relationship Minute: Mix it up

One of the biggest mistakes couples make is putting their relationship on autopilot.

So mix it up.

Research has shown that engaging in novel experiences as a couple activates the brain’s reward system.

Dr. Arthur Aron and his colleagues conducted experiments and revealed that couples who go on “exciting” and novel date nights, or engage in fun and challenging activities, have higher relationship satisfaction.

Such novel experiences release dopamine and norepinephrine, the same chemicals which are released during early romantic courtship.

The bottom line is that novelty isn’t a luxury or indulgence. It’s a necessity for a successful, happy relationship.

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The Relationship Minute From The Gottman Institute, dated 22 January 2019. You can sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

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