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September 19, 2013 by Kristyn, 0 comments

Unfortunately, relationships do not come with a manual. They are really hard to figure out sometimes! However, the good news is that there are researchers who are invested in trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. One of these researchers is John Gottman. According to John Gottman, there is a magic ratio that sets successful couples apart Read more…

May 14, 2013 by Trent, 0 comments

How much does your stress from work affect your relationships at home? I think for most people, the answer is that stress at work does affect our relationships. In fact, there’s a label for this: the spillover effect. Researchers have been busy attempting to understand the effect so that it’s effects can be reduced. In a recent article in Personal Read more…

September 5, 2012 by Trent, 0 comments

Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.¬† ~The Koran A researcher in France recently published a paper on flowers and their ability to convey romance. He had a young man in a mall asking women for their phone number. The young man did this either in a flower shop, a cake shop, or a women’s shoe Read more…

August 20, 2012 by Trent, 1 comment

Here at CI, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of empathy. Here’s some recent research to back it up. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Bryn Mawr College examined empathy in 156 couples. In particular they were interested if people needed to be accurate in their attempts at empathy¬†¬†(i.e., really know how their partner was feeling) in order to Read more…