These current huge financial challenges can put a significant strain on romantic relationships.
So how to maintain and even strengthen your relationship in times of financial stress?
Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered how relationships survive financial pressure, and even become stronger.
“Financial stressors happen to everyone. They happen more often and to a greater extent to some people than others, but everyone experiences financial stress,” sayd Ashley LeBaron, a doctoral student in the University of Arizona. “If they use that stress as a catalyst to make positive changes in the relationship, it can be an opportunity to grow closer together, instead of having that stress tear you apart.” LeBaron added.
LeBaron found that the strongest relationships were those in which partners remembered to practice “relationship maintenance behaviors,” including respecting one another, being there for one another, and showing love and affection for one another.
Some examples of
“Relationship Maintenance Behaviours”
- Being grateful for each other’s efforts
- Listening without distraction
- Listening without judgement
Surprisingly, the best words are not “I love You”
The best words to strengthen a relationship? Although “I love you” might seem like the best contender.
But research, by the Open University, has shown that the best words to use, for longer lasting relationships are
…… drumroll please ….
Research reveals that showing gratitude towards your partner and appreciating what they do, is the most important part of a strong and stable relationship.
Just thanking your partner helps strengthen a relationship. Even if your partner’s efforts weren’t successful, thanking them for trying, creates a stronger bond.
Couples that have a stronger bond, are more likely to survive a financial crisis, with their relationship intact.
Thanking your significant other for the smallest thing, strengthens a bond.
They bring you a cup of coffee? Try looking at them in the eye and saying, sincerely, “Thank you. That’s kind of you.” You might be amazed at how good it feels and how well it’s received.