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How to Balance the Good and Bad in Your Relationship

Shreya Maji

4 min read

All relationships have their ups and downs, but for longevity, the good must outweigh the bad. Use this research-backed magic ratio of positive to negative interactions to keep your relationship healthy and stable.

When Harvard Study of Adult Development followed 268 men over 70 years in a quest to find the secret to a long life, the surprising conclusion to the study was that how happy you are in your relationship has a powerful influence on your health. “Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies; they protect our brains,” says psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, the director of the study, in his TEDx Talk. “And those good relationships, they don’t have to be smooth all the time.”

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