Chatty Couples Are More Likely To Feel Satisfied About Their Relationship
Feb 13, 2012 18:44
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a new study now confirms that having a good conversation is one of the best ways for young couples to de-stress after having an argument.
Researchers had studied 50 young couples (ages 18 to 20) who had been dating for more than six months but weren't engaged. First, they stressed the poor kids out by having them talk about a big area of conflict in their relationship. Then they asked them to talk about a happy time like their first kiss or going on a fun vacation. At each point in the experiment, they tested both partners' levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
The findings showed that those who engaged in longer conversations had the biggest drop in hormone levels. They were also more likely satisfied with their relationships. But what's interesting is that a particular kind of talk was associated with this drop in cortisol. From EurekAlert:
In addition to recovery being associated with positive relationship outcomes, we also saw recovery being related to conversation flow. Those individuals whose stress hormone levels remained high didn't enter into that state of flow.
So basically, it takes more than just saying words to make people feel better after an argument. In any case, the next time you find yourself fighting with your significant other, you might want to try getting lost in conversation instead of going with the 'silent treatment' route.