It’s the month of love and Valentine’s Day is here. In this post we share some benefits of being in a romantic relationship, backed by scientific research.
Psychologists have known for a long time that being in secure relationships make us happier, healthier and more productive. “Perceived benefits and costs of romantic relationships for women and men: Implications for exchange theory” is a study published by three professors in 1994. They are Constantine Sedikides and W. Keith Campbell, from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Mary Beth Oliver, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The results of their investigation demonstrated that the major benefits of romantic relationships are:
- Companionship or Affiliation
- Feeling of Happiness or Elation
- Exclusivity (The state of being in a relationship with someone where you are officially boyfriend and girlfriend, and there is no-one else involved)
- Feeling Loved or Loving Another
- Intimacy (Include mutual understanding, trust, and sharing)
- Self-Growth and Self-Understanding
- Expertise in Relationships
- More Positive Self-Esteem (include higher self-respect and self-confidence)
- Sexual Gratification
- Feeling Secure
- Learning About Other Sex
- Social Support from Partner’s Friends or Relatives
So if you want to improve your well-being, find that special someone. Romance makes us happy! Happy Valentine!