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How do We Predict Divorce?
Can We Predict the Outcome of a Marriage?
If we look at relationships that endure, apparently the ratio of positive gestures to negative stuff is 5:1. That is, those couples that unconsciously or deliberately set up patterns of counterbalancing every negative gesture, act, word that they do towards their partner with five positive deeds, will have a successful relationship.
So, simplistically, if you do something bad that impacts negatively on your relationship, remember to try and do five positive things pretty quickly thereafter.
That sounds like a lot of work to undo one negative, don’t you reckon?
Maybe it would just be easier to save your marriage by making a conscious effort to reduce the negatives upfront. That seems like a good plan.
Watch the video and hear a snippet about this research from John Gottman.
So, now you have my thoughts. Watch the video and leave your comments below.
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