New York, June 22 (IANS) When romantic couples blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for their stress, they were happier in their relationships, relationship experts have found.The Covid-19 pandemic led to many couples suddenly working from home, spending more time together, trying to homeschool children, dealing with job losses and dealing with the fear and anxiety of a quickly spreading deadly virus.The team from the University of Texas at Austin, US, analysed data collected from 191 participants during the early weeks of the pandemic and again seven months later.They found that although people were generally less happy in their relationship when they were experiencing more stress, the harmful effects of stress were weaker among those individuals who blamed the pandemic for their stress.The researchers initially thought that the protective effects of blaming the pandemic might fade over time, but that was not the case."Even though people have been under a lot of stress for a long time, the pandemic has continued to be a major headline in the news, which may keep it in people's awareness -- making it easier to keep blaming the pandemic and to reduce stress spillover by blaming the pandemic," said Lisa Neff, Associate Professor of human development and family sciences at the varsity.Previous research has shown that romantic partners tend to be more critical toward each other when experiencing common stress -- what researchers call stress spillover -- but major events such as natural disasters are not always associated with poor relationship functioning.Because these significant stressors are more noticeable than routine situations, people may be more aware that stress is affecting them and spilling over into the relationship, said researchers."Because of this awareness, when major stressors occur, romantic partners may be less likely to blame each other for their problems and more likely to blame the stressor, which may reduce the harmful effects of stress on the relationship," Neff said."Some people come together and they say, 'This is a stressful situation and we're going to tackle this together, and we're not going to blame each other for things that are hard or difficult,'" added Marci Gleason, Associate Professor of human development and family sciences at UT Austin.--IANSrvt/sdr/
Mumbai- Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor is lending support to 100 cancer couples. He says the pandemic has taught him the importance of helping others.
"The pandemic has taught all of us the importance of helping one another and spreading love whenever we can. We all look forward to celebrating Valentine's month in February, to make our loved ones feel special. But I have decided to do something different, this time," said the actor.
Arjun, whose mother Mona Shouri passed away due to cancer, has teamed up with the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) for the initiative.
"Along with Cancer Patients Aid Association, I am supporting medical treatment for 100 underprivileged couples who are impacted by cancer, which means one partner is battling this deadly disease as the other one is supportive in every step of this fight," he added.
"Cancer severely impacts one's immunity, making them extremely vulnerable to the Coronavirus. The previous year has been very painful for these couples. Not only were they fighting a hard battle, but they were also confined to their homes facing the severe threat of Covid-19. Many of them did not even have the source of income to buy food and essential medicines," he added.
The actor appeals people to come forward and support these vulnerable couples.
"By supporting their yearly medical treatment worth Rs 1 lakh per patient that takes care of expenses for chemotherapy and radiotherapies, surgeries, and medicines, we can save them from draining out financially," he said. (IANS)
New York, Oct 16 (IANS) Rituals such as those centered around holidays and other celebrations play an important part in human relationships, say researchers, adding that when dating couples engage in rituals together they learn more about each other.According to the study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, those experiences can serve as diagnostic tools of where the relationship is going."Rituals have the power to bond individuals and give us a preview into family life and couple life. We found they help magnify normative relationship experiences," said study author Chris Maniotes from the University of Illinois, Urbana in the US.According to the researchers, rituals are experiences that are shared with others, and they impact communication between individuals. While rituals are typically celebrations such as holidays, they can also be idiosyncratic events a couple creates, such as Friday movie night. Most rituals are recurring events, though some (such as rites of passage) occur just once in a person's life. Rituals have elements of routine, but they have symbolic meaning that goes beyond routine interaction."Rituals provide a unique time to review one's partner and relationship; you get to see a host of behaviours and interactions that might normally be obscured," Maniotes noted."Some of the ways rituals affected commitment to wed with these couples was by altering their view of their partner, giving them a new perspective," Maniotes explained.Th research team analysed in-depth interviews with 48 individuals (24 couples) in the US Southwest region. They were randomly selected from a larger study examining commitment to wed in heterosexual dating couples over a period of nine months.For this study, the researchers looked at the impact of rituals.They found commitment to wed could increase or decrease, depending on the nature of the interaction. Rituals can reinforce bonds and strengthen commitment, but they can also showcase conflict areas and make people less likely to see the relationship heading towards marriage.For example, holiday celebrations involving rituals could highlight interactions with extended family and provide a window into how people navigate through conflict."Rituals seem to really play a role in pausing and slowing down individuals, helping them take a better look at their relationship. They help them see, 'this is who we are as a couple; this is who we are as a family,'" Maniotes noted.--IANSbu/bg
Its time to rekindle your love for each other with a twist of fitness. A partnership in any form, a gym partner or life partner, is always a beautiful aspect of life. It is said that your partner in crime brings out the best in you. Hence, "Couples Who Train and Sweat Together, Stay Together!"
Boost the happiness and health quotient in your relationship. Recent studies have indicated that couples participating together in any physical challenge or activity are more satisfied with their relationships and express love for their partner more often.
Here are some tips on how to work together as a couple towards your fitness goal, shared by Aman Puri, Founder, Steadfast Nutrition.
Set fitness goals together and keep a check on it: Working out together enhances the effectiveness of your workouts giving best of all results. Life partners can be the ultimate fitness buddies as you can set a fitness goal together and keep a check on each others growth cycle. Keep pushing and motivating each other to achieve their respective fitness goals.
Mix some fun: Inspiring one another to extend their limits and stretch beyond the set boundaries. To make it interesting and stay motivated you can take up fun exercises together like - Squat hold & Dips, Side Plank Pass, Bodyweight Squat, etc.
Fitness buddies for life: Spend time together binge-watching videos from your favourite fitness trainer and adapt a fitness routine which suits both the best. The time that you spend together can be utilised to know each other better both emotionally and physically. At times the stress of one partner gets neglected due to the fast pace of life so, fitness is one such element of life that bonds both back together.
Gift fitness gadgets: Stress no more, as gifting your partner gets easier with giving each other wearable fitness gadgets to honour your strong bond of fondness. Also, science has proven that exercise releases Endorphin, a happiness-inducing neurotransmitter and Dopamine, a reward triggered neurotransmitter.
What better time to be with your significant other than when you are happy?
So, get your gears on and tag along with your partner for an amazing fitness inning. (Puja Gupta)
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