A study by UBC Sauder School of Business Professor Dale Griffin finds that unrealistically idealizing your romantic partner is actually beneficial.
The study, published in Psychological Science, found that seeing your spouse as your ideal partner â€" more ideal than they really are, that is â€" is the ticket to a happy marriage.
Typically, marital satisfaction declines in the first few years of marriage, but Griffin
co-authors found that seeing a flawed lover as the perfect mate is a buffer against the corrosive effects of time, as the most idealistic newlyweds experienced no such decline in satisfaction.
research and suggests what newlyweds can do to keep the Valentineâ€™s spirit flourishing every day of the year.
Why would a business psychologist be involved in research on romantic relationships?