Successful Relationships Reading Corner

Successful Relationships Reading Corner

We wrote this week about the benefits of both separation and connection in your relationships. Here are some articles looking at this topic from different points of view.

Forget sex, the secret to a long-lasting relationship is space “Having enough space or privacy in a relationship is more important for a couple’s happiness than having a good sex life, according to Dr Terri Orbuch a psychologist, research professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research …”

Alone Time Is the Key to Staying Married. Find It. “The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just stretched us thin; it’s made us damn near translucent. The majority of parents are balancing a bigger burden than they ever have before. Scheduling. Schooling. Social distancing. Masking up. Working from Home. All with little or extremely reduced access to childcare or the older family members who once pitched in. Gone, too, are ways to find alone time. We are all cooped up, unable to do the activities that once brought us balance. Time apart is crucial to a marriage. Absence does, in fact, make the heart grow fonder. But how can partners ask for alone time without it ending in resentment or anger?”

Balancing Connection and Separation “One of the most common struggles for couples is the balancing of connection and separation. In most couple’s relationships, partners often have different comfort levels with connection and separation. Some partners prefer more connection and feel anxious during times of separation. Some partners prefer more separation and feel anxious during times of connection.The key is creating a balance.”

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