Puppy pictures key to happier marriage?

June 22, 2017 1 comment

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Looking at pictures of puppies, kittens and other cute animals makes marriages happier, a new study has suggested. Academics from Florida State University have found that creating a “positive association” between spouses helped the couples’ attitudes towards each other. In this study, the effect was created by showing married people photos of cute animals alongside…

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Charities launch ‘relationship manifesto’

May 11, 2017 0 comments

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Four relationship charities have published a manifesto demanding that whoever wins the upcoming general election boosts support for couples and families. Relate, OnePlusOne, Tavistock Relationships, and Marriage Care have formed the ‘Relationship Alliance’ and set out several key proposals for the government after 8 June. These include the creation of a new cabinet position: a…

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May to September: older wives & younger husbands

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May 10, 2017 3 comments

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So, félicitations are due to French politican Emmanual Macron, who has managed the remarkable feat of becoming President Elect after forming his own centre-left political party, En Marche!, as recently as April last year. (Take note, British politics!) The 39 year-old former investment banker will become the youngest ever Président de la République française on…

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Woman swallows money in fight with husband

May 6, 2017 2 comments

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A Colombian woman has been admitted to hospital after swallowing thousands of dollars during an argument with her husband. The 28 year-old woman from the north-eastern town of Piedecuesta swallowed several rolls of American 100 dollar bills which added up to around $7,000 (£5,428). She had reportedly sold various electrical household items in order to…

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Travelling for work ‘improves relationships’

April 19, 2017 1 comment

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People who travel a lot for work believe it actually improves their relationships at home. In a survey of 2,000 Britons whose jobs involve regular trips abroad almost two thirds – 62 per cent – claimed their schedule was beneficial to their relationship. Meanwhile 72 per cent believed that being away from home for extended…

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Children ‘should be taught about LGBT issues’

April 18, 2017 8 comments

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Children of all ages should be taught about issues involving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, teachers have said. The National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) annual conference was held in Cardiff over the Easter weekend. At this event, the organisation called for lawmakers to include these issues in the Sex and Relationships Education…

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Unemployed families to receive relationship support

April 4, 2017 5 comments

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The government has promised to spend millions on relationship support services for unemployed families. Ministers have claimed that this focus is because joblessness creates additional stress and strain within relationships and children can suffer as a result. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green told The Guardian that when parents argue their children “pick up tension…

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Open and monogamous relationships are ‘equally happy’

March 31, 2017 2 comments

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People in open relationships are just as happy as those in monogamous ones, a new study suggests. In a survey of 2,124 people, researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) found that those in consensual open relationships experience high levels of satisfaction and ‘passionate love’. This is the intense feeling people feel in the early…

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Serial infidelity: the brain adapts to ease guilt

March 30, 2017 1 comment

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People who are unfaithful to their partner are likely to repeat such behaviour because of the way the brain adapts. A recent study suggests that the more someone is dishonest, the less they will feel guilty about doing so in the future. This is due to a part of the brain called the amygdala which…

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