Research has found than maintaining a strong emotional connection not only helps to buffer the stressors of jobs, parenthood, and life in general, but that it also allows for greater passion and intimacy.
How emotionally connected a couple is to one another is not only directly correlated to how satisfied they feel in their relationship but also the quality of their sex life.
Most couples think that fancy dinners, weekend getaways, and sexy lingerie make for a more romantic relationship, but research shows that these things aren’t actually the key to intimacy. By being good friends, by being affectionate, and enhancing intimacy, couples can build a stronger and more thriving relationship, both inside and outside of the bedroom. No matter how busy or tired you are, it’s important to know that what counts the most is not how much time you spend with each other, but how you use that time together.
Intentionally carving out time with your partner helps to remind you that you are a team, which in turn makes it easier for you to tackle daily struggles in a united way. In the long run, this can also help you perform better at work, be better co-parents to your children, and live a happier and more balanced relationship.
New Research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has found that life’s most intense regrets center around personal relationships, not careers. Analysis revealed that regrets involving love cause more pain and also last longer than those related to less intimate choices such as dropping out of college or quitting a job. In sum, the more intense a regret was, the more likely it was to be connected to personal relationships.
So perhaps it’s worth reminding ourselves to prioritize one of the most important things in our lives. Not only to make our partner happier, but also to make ourselves happier.