Putting yourself second can improve relationship satisfaction

Putting yourself second can improve relationship satisfaction

June 24, 2018

 Perceived humility can improve many couples’ relationship satisfaction and loving experience, a new study shows.

Being humble is a great way to show empathy that enables a couple to prioritise the relationship above their individual needs. Those who are humble are generally more self-aware of their own short-comings and willing to acknowledge them.

This study was conducted across over 349 couples. The result found that the quality of a relationship may be influenced by other valuable personal attributes such as forgiveness, gratitude and virtuous. What is particularly Interestingly though, is that humility alone is significant enough to predict a couple’s relationship intimacy and stability. 

Dwiwardani et al. (2017) stated that

“We speculate that conflicts in intimate relationships tend to find more expeditious resolutions when individuals are able to humbly acknowledge their respective shortcomings, as it allows for relationship repair after offense, deeper understanding and improved emotional bond. In this way, conflicts serve to bring partners closer together, rather than further apart.”

 

Article from Journal of Positive Psychology (Dwiwardani et al., 2017).



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