BE HAPPY

Cosmopolitan (India) - - YOU, YOU, YOU -

Psychology pro­fes­sor Arthur Aron has taken a look right in­side the minds of cou­ples in love—lit­er­ally! “I car­ried out lab ex­per­i­ments on cou­ples who, af­ter 20 or 30 years, still de­scribed them­selves as be­ing ‘very in­tensely’ in love and found that their se­cret boils down to some fac­tors...”

1 Hav­ing Fun

“If you plan chal­leng­ing things to­gether, you’ll start as­so­ci­at­ing your part­ner with that buzz.”

2 Cel­e­brat­ing Suc­cess

“‘Cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion’ means cel­e­brat­ing when one of you suc­ceeds. It’s more vi­tal than be­ing sup­port­ive when things go awry.”

3 Bin­ning Anx­i­ety

“If one or both of you is anx­ious or de­pressed, your re­la­tion­ship can suf­fer.”

4 Sup­port of Fam­ily

“Cou­ples with dif­fer­ent back­grounds can face prob­lems when they have kids and their fam­i­lies get more in­volved. You can’t ig­nore your fam­ily’s role.”

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