2. Be open to discovering who your partner really is.


Research from Elizabeth Lawrence and colleagues published in the Journal of Happiness Studies (2018) shows that single people live less long and are less happy and healthy than people who are happily married.

But how do you create a happy, successful relationship? How much work does this entail?

You might think that creating a successful relationship is a lot of hard work and that you need to sacrifice a lot to please your partner. Maybe you have the role model of your dad doing everything he could for your mom or your mom sacrificing her life for your dad.

But is sacrificing your life for your partner healthy?

A study by Francesca Righetti and colleagues published in April 2022 in Current Opinion in Psychology shows that sacrificing for the other is not always good for your health and may be harmful to the relationship in the long run.