Research has revealed
that relationships begin to head downhill when the ratio of positive
to negative interactions falls below five to one.
There need to be five
positive interactions for every negative interaction. Otherwise,
the relationship enters a downward spiral where resentment and anger
begin to outweigh other sentiments. Researchers call this
'negative sentiment override' where even neutral interactions with
your partner will be interpreted negatively.
So be sure to include
plenty of hugs, kisses and appreciation along with the occasional
concern or criticism.
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yourselves stay well above the five-to-one ratio throughout your
marriage. Consider attending a Marriage Success Training seminar
with your partner. Click here to learn about the benefits of MST.