The answer can make or break a relationship. Some couples can go through a rough period and come out the other side closer. Some just . . . don’t make.
Would you like to know what the successful couples do? The secret involves cute puppies. More on that in a bit.
First, why do relationships have low points at all. If you’re really supposed to be with this guy, should things ever feel tense? Or is tension a sign that he’s not the one?
There are relationship experts out there who argue both sides. For example, Travis Bradberry is the author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0. He cites four signs that a relationship is failing. All four of them have to do with tension.
On the other end of the spectrum, therapist Margarita Tartakovsky makes the case that conflict actually strengthens romance.
Confused yet? Let’s pause and talk about cute puppies.
Researchers from Florida State University recently set out to determine if looking at pictures of cute puppies could help struggling couples regain some of their lost intimacy. The verdict? Cute puppies make a difference.
Couples who looked at images of adorable puppies just once every three days actually began to feel more positively toward each other. It’s all about association. When you enjoy something, you enjoy other things you associate with it.
You can use the same effect to give it a boost. I have three tips for unlocking the magic of positive association.