Science Says Lasting Relationships Come Down To 2 Basic Traits

Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.

 

Social scientists first started studying marriages by observing them in action in the 1970s in response to a crisis: Married couples were divorcing at unprecedented rates. Worried about the impact these divorces would have on the children of the broken marriages, psychologists decided to cast their scientific net on couples, bringing them into the lab to observe them and determine what the ingredients of a healthy, lasting relationship were.