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Love struck

New research suggests that those of us who are optimistic specifically when it comes to relationships find ourselves less satisfied...

by Psychologies

Those of us who are generally optimistic in life have been found to have better satisfaction in our relationships, but new research suggests that those of us who are optimistic specifically when it comes to relationships find ourselves less satisfied in our romantic partnership because we can be left disappointed even over minor conflicts.

But don’t start viewing your glass as half-empty just yet - researchers explain that optimism is better than pessimism in our romantic lives, just as long as it is realistic.

Optimistic expectations in early marriage: A resource or vulnerability for adaptive relationship functioning? Neff, Lisa A.; Geers, Andrew L. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 105(1), Jul 2013, 38-60.