Relationships are the key to health and happiness yet also a source of tremendous stress. This post is for couples that are either married or in a monogamous committed relationship. Many couples engage in a transactional dynamic where good deeds are reciprocal (e.g., you scratch my back and I will scratch yours). When a positive action is not returned then resentment builds. This cycle inevitably leads to disappointment and suffering.
Effort in Relationships
Do you find yourself thinking that you do all the work and make all the effort in the relationship? It is wise to take a deeper look into your relationship and your expectations. All relationships go through the thrill of new love, what scientists refer to as the “limerance” phase.