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6 Hours a Week to a Better Relationship

Updated: Jan 14

There are some clear patterns which couples exhibit in happy relationships. The Gottman Institute identifies that intentionally incorporating these six aspects (partings, reunions, appreciation, affection, date nights and state of the union meetings) each week (totalling 6 hours each week) helps couples build a strong relationship. You might be looking at your schedule and thinking - where am I going to fit in 6 hours. Here is the thing - if your relationship is a priority, you will find the time. Its also spread out, so its easier to chunk it across the week. To put this in context there are 168 hours in the week - and after sleep and work (allowing 8 for each), there are still 56 hours left. In honesty, its less about the actual hours, and more about the willingness to invest in the two of you as a couple. That time investment pays off long term as you feel more connected - and you recover more of the fun you had when you started off together as a couple.

Disclaimer: This post is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be taken as counselling/therapy advice or used as a substitute for such. You should always speak to your own counsellor.

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