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