2.11.2011

How to Really Feel the Love This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and there's new research on how to best celebrate. While some one-on-one quality time with your partner is always good, researchers say that couples who go out with other couples are more likely to have happy and satisfying romantic relationships.

The study, "When Harry and Sally met Dick and Jane: Experimentally creating closeness between couples," was recently published in Personal Relationships, and looked at 60 dating couples. Each couple was paired with another couple and given a set of questions to discuss as a group. Half of the groups were given high-disclosure questions intended to spark intense discussion, while the other half were given small-talk questions that focused on everyday, unemotional activities.

The result? Those couples who were placed in the "fast friends" group felt closer to the couples they interacted with, and were more likely actually to meet up with them again during the following month. Researchers also learned that these same couples felt that this friendship put a spark in their own relationships, and they felt much closer to their romantic partners.

If you're unsure of what to do this Monday, why not schedule a double or triple date?

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