A Pet Can Help Save Your Marriage
Long periods of separation are hard on every couple, however for members of the military, separation is part of the job. The U.S. Department of Defense wanted to find a way to help these struggling couples and so they looked to science. That’s where study leader James K. McNulty came into the picture. And according to his research (published in Psychological Science) the answer lies in adorable animal photos.
The study was comprised of couples with the average age of 28 who had been married for under 5 years. The researchers showed one group a picture of their partner paired with a photo of a positive image like a precious cat or dog and the other group had neutral photos next to their partner, like a jacket or chair. By the end of the study, researchers concluded that those who had been shown positive images had more positive feelings for their partner and marriage quality improved.
McNulty stated he was surprised that, “…something so simple and unrelated to marriage could affect how people feel about their marriage.”
This story is most important to those searching for more reasons to look at puppies all day.