Stuck at home with your partner? Look to retirees for how to make it work

Cooped up with a partner and nowhere to go to break it up? Coronavirus social distancing... or another day in retirement? Research on older couples holds tips for everyone else on how to deal.

Anne Fishel, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School • conversation
April 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  coronavirus  psychology  sars-cov-2  social-distancing  coronavirus-2020  self-isolation  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  social-isolation  psychology-research  relationships  marriage  retirement  retirees  couples  romantic-relationships  senior-citizen  romantic-partners

Coronavirus: experts in evolution explain why social distancing feels so unnatural

The evolution of the strong human bond.

Vivien Shaw, Lecturer in Anatomy, Bangor University • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  evolution  social-media  covid-19  coronavirus  society  primates  social-distancing  non-human-primates  relationships

‘Attachment anxiety’ can affect your finances

A new study finds a connection between attachment anxiety and avoidance and finances, including how people see their partner's spending.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: anxiety money emotions relationships social-lives health-and-medicine

Love between parents has long-term benefits for kids

Children stay in school longer and get married later when their parents love each other, according to research with couples from Nepal.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: parents emotions families relationships marriage nepal featured society-and-culture love

Nope, chocolate isn’t actually an aphrodisiac

An expert busts a few chocolate myths, including whether women are more into it, and whether it boosts romance as an aphrodisiac.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: gender food chocolate relationships sex featured science-and-technology society-and-culture

To cut your dementia risk, grow old with an optimist?

An optimistic partner may stave off the risk factors leading to Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive decline as you grow old together.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cognition aging optimism personality relationships couples featured health-and-medicine love

After spouse’s death, hiding emotion may harm health

People grieving their spouse's death should embrace their emotions, a study suggests. Keeping a stiff upper lip may have health consequences.

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: inflammation death stress emotions relationships health-and-medicine

Scale outlines signs of ‘financial infidelity’

"Financial infidelity has the potential to be as harmful for relationship health and longevity as sexual infidelity..."

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
Dec. 11, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: money relationships marriage society-and-culture

How gender equality can protect men’s health

Men's feelings about being the breadwinner can cause stress-induced wear and tear on the body, but it all depends on their view of gender roles.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: gender stress money relationships marriage health-and-medicine beliefs

Interviews reveal 5 causes of older women’s low libido

Most research on low libido among older women has focused on hormones. Interviews indicate other factors.

Erin Hare-Pittsburgh • futurity
Nov. 21, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: stress older-adults relationships sex menopause health-and-medicine libido

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