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  • Relationships are terrifying. I mean, did you know half of all marriages last forever??

  • 'Ello loves, Julian here for DNews. Alright, first of all the oft-quoted statistic that

  • 50% of marriages fail is just plain wrong. The actual number for first marriages is closer

  • to 20-25%, but that still begs the question; why do they fail? Why do people who have avowed

  • themselves to one another for their whole lives come up short?

  • Well, John and Julie Gottman have been pondering that question for decades. By the way, theyre

  • both psychologists, and yes, theyre married. Feel free to "d’awwww" now.

  • According to the Gottmans, you can actually predict with 94% certainty which relationships will be healthy and which will be festering quagmires of misery and stress simply

  • by how they support each other.

  • Anyone who’s been in a relationship knows that sometimes you and your partner’s interests

  • don’t align. Maybe you like hockey but theyre not so hot in it. Or maybe they like camping

  • and you understandably think sleeping on the dirty ground in the woods with no wifi is

  • a terrible way to spend a vacation. But when one person tries to share their interests

  • with their significant other, that’s a bid for emotional support.

  • How often they get that acknowledgment makes all the difference.

  • John Gottman conducted a study where he invited 130 newlywed couples to what looked

  • like a bed and breakfast, but was actually a lab where they could observe the subjects.

  • He was watching for how often one person would say something seemingly inconsequential, like,

  • "hey check out that bird," or, "I have the weirdest feeling were being watched right now."

  • Gottman called these "bids" for emotional support, and noted how often their partner

  • would respond in a meaningful way. Their findings show that couples stay together when they

  • show bids of interest or support 9 out of 10 times, while couples who only support each

  • other one third of the time split within six years.

  • Ignoring those bids for support and acceptance can have an actual physiological effect.

  • The Gottmans and a team of researchers brought in newlyweds to interview them. They were

  • asked some pretty tough questions on their relationships while electrodes monitored their

  • heart rates, blood flow, and sweatiness. while across the board, everyone responded calmly to the questions,

  • some couples showed higher heart rates, blood flow, and sweat production.

  • In other words, their palms were sweaty, knees weak, arms were heavy. Theyre nervous, but

  • on the surface they look calm and ready. The stress of being in the same room as their spouse and talking about their relationship

  • caused their sympathetic nervous system to

  • kick in and they had a fight-or-flight response. Those couples were usually divorced within 6 years.

  • So if you want to have a healthy and less stressful relationship, it’s important you both work actively to support each other’s emotional bids,

  • even if camping is just the worst.

  • If you want to learn another trick to keeping the fire lit, check out Anthony’s explanation

  • of how texting can ruin a relationship.

  • What do you think the key is to living happily ever after? Tell us your secret in the comments,

  • and I’ll see you next time on DNews.

Relationships are terrifying. I mean, did you know half of all marriages last forever??

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