#1: Relationships Equal Health, Wealth, & Happiness
Relationships matter, a lot. People who are in good relationships enjoy better mental health and better physical health. They do not become as sick as often as people in poor relationships, and when they do fall ill they recover more quickly.
People in good relationships accumulate more wealth in their lifetimes, and they tend to be more successful in their work.
People in good relationships tend to raise healthier and happier children, who themselves grow up to have better relationships than children raised in strained or conflicted families.
Wide Reaching Benefits
These effects are powerful and robust, and they are supported by dozens of research studies. They are not a simple consequence of healthier people entering into relationships – these benefits seem to emerge directly from the emotional tone and degree of connection within the relationships themselves.
Relationships generate very specific and quantifiable benefits. As you decide whether you have time or the energy to focus on your relationship – either now or in the near future – keep these benefits in mind.
Other Key Premises
- #2: Relationships Change Over Time
- #3: Three Main Forces Govern Relationships
- #4: Couples Can Learn to Harness the Forces that Govern their Relationship
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