Human beings are social animals. As much as we value independence and our "me" time, our general outlook and day-to-day drive depend a lot on the health of our relationships, both casual and intimate alike. Of course, if you're in a romantic relationship, that connection carries particular weight when it comes to physical and mental balance and overall happiness.
While there are a wealth of studies that delve into what makes for a successful relationship — Is it the quality of the sex? Openness of communication? Finding the right therapist, because lord knows we all could use some professional assistance? — One pretty obvious benchmark often goes overlooked.
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