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PPN Bites: “How do we have a better romantic relationship?” by Carin Rockind (Episode 05)

written by Carin Rockind 25 June 2018

Carin Rockind, MAPP '10, is an empowerment coach and inspirational speaker. Carin holds the simple philosophy that we each have a unique purpose on earth and we're happy when living it. Working with individuals and companies, she combines her expertise in Positive Psychology with experience as a trauma survivor and former Fortune 500 exec to support professional women to be truly happy and wildly successful. For more information, visit Website, Facebook, Twitter. Full bio. Carin's articles are here.

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Hi, I’m Carin Rockind. Welcome to PPND Bites, where we give you 60-second helpings of the positive psychology news you need to know. It’s long been documented that relationships are a major predictor of life satisfaction. Also romantic relationships help people be happier and healthier and live longer. The question is, how do we have a better romantic relationship?

New research says that humility may play a part. Research of 459 students who were all in committed relationships, took surveys on their level of commitment, their satisfaction, their forgiveness. What was found, is that participants who said that their partners had humility, those people were more likely to be committed to the relationship. In other words, if you think that your partner is kind of a jerk, you aren’t likely to be as committed. But when your partner as a sense of humility, that sense of knowing their own strengths and their weaknesses, then you feel more comfortable in the relationship, more stable, and more committed. That’s the positive psychology news you need to know. We hope that this helps you take a bite out of life.

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Farrell, E. J., Hook, J. N., Ramos, M., Davis, D. E. , Van Tongeren, D. R., & Ruiz, J. M.,  (2015).  Humility and relationship outcomes in couples: The mediating role of commitment. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 4(1), 14-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cfp0000033


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