Want to tighten the bond with your partner?
Try emotionally joining your partner in his or her good fortunes in addition to supporting them in their disappointments and life challenges.
This is based on a new study of couples in a short-term relationship reported by Dr. Steven Hendlin.
“The way you respond to your partner’s good fortune – with excitement or passive approval, shared pride or indifference – was found to be the most crucial factor in tightening or undermining your relationship bond.”
“Undoing the negative and soothing your partner’s disappointments – while necessary – are insufficient in creating and maintaining a satisfying relationship. You also need to be actively supporting your partner’s projects and especially their achievements.”