Relationship Minute: Is Your Relationship Affecting Your Health?

In his research study with 100 couples, Dr. John Gottman found that couples that trust each other are happier and have better individual health. He said, “A stable, trusting relationship is linked to relatively high survival rates from cardiovascular disease, cancer, surgery, and other illnesses.”

Trust in a relationship helps couples feel safe enough to be vulnerable and open. According to the Sound Relationship House, trust paired with commitment keeps the structure of your relationship strong.

One of the best ways to build trust in your relationship is to attune to your partner. Ask them open-ended questions and listen actively when they speak. Seek to understand before you want to give advice or problem-solve. Remember that you are your partner’s safe space where they can be themselves without fear or judgment.

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The Relationship Minute is from The Gottman Institute. Visit their website.