A New Study Shows the Power of Positivity Resonance for Couples

It’s easy for us to take our life partners for granted. In some ways, it is bound to happen. We bump along from day to day believing we know what they’ll say before they say it and what they’ll do before they do it.

But, the truth is that taking your partner for granted is a dangerous game because it affects the way you treat your spouse. And research has shown that the quality of your marriage actually has an outsized impact on the overall quality of your physical health as well as life happiness and satisfaction.

Way back in 2001, a study by Gottman, Levensen, and Woodin showed that contemptuous, disgusted, and other negative facial expressions observed in a marriage are a predictor of not only the couple’s future likelihood of separation but also each spouse’s future problems with their physical health.

Fast forward to 21 years later, and a new study by Wells and Haase, et al., (2022) gives us the mirror image of that finding. A positive phenomenon the authors call “positivity resonance” accurately predicts not only a successful, rewarding marriage but also each partner’s future good physical health.


Kathleen Notes: "The authors define positivity resonance as “moments of interpersonal connection characterized by shared positive affect, caring nonverbal synchrony, and biological synchrony."

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