Monday, May 25, 2015

Expressing Gratitude For High Relatonship Quality

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What is Relationship?

Have you ever think deeply what exactly is relationship? I would not explain much about its word origin, it can be easily found on Wikipedia, to be honest.
Based on Psychology Dictionary, "relationship is Particular type of connection between two or more entities or phenomena. A binding, usually continuous association between individuals wherein one has some influence on feelings or actions of the other"

How Gratitude Related to Relationship Quality?
I do not want to write nonsense, I do not use writing material from some random websites. Which means, I summarize journal articles that based on scientific research. There are direct download links I put below, feel free to download them for more information and knowledge.

1. Gratitude Increase Relationship Connection and Satisfaction
Algoe, Galbe and Maisel (2010) study find that experience of gratitude affect relationship quality for individuals in romantic relationships and for the partner.
Relationship can not last long with love only, other elements such as communication and attachment also influential. Relationship should be well maintained, the relationship connection and satisfaction will boosted by showing gratitude regularly in the relationship.
According to Algoe et al., (2010) "Women’s increased feelings of satisfaction with the relationship and men’s increased feelings of connection to the partner and satisfaction with the relationship were predicted by gratitude felt on the previous day."

2. Higher Marital Satisfaction (For those Married Couple)
Marriage is believed the highest phase of relationship which is more advanced and complicated to be maintained. However, it is not impossible to have happy marriage. By expressing gratitude will make newlyweds receive benefits by expressing gratitude to their partner in their marriage and relationship. Gratitude for partner will gives high marital satisfaction and better adjustment between newlyweds (Schramm, Marshall, & Harris, 2005). Furthermore, newly marriage couple high who feel gratitude toward partner also give positive behavior of their partner in particular day (Mikulincer, Shaver, & Slav, 2006). Positive behavior will give good impact on your relationship and automatically reduces negative quarrels, debates, complains, and issues.

3. Higher Comfort Voicing Concerns
Expressing gratitude reported to give higher comfort voicing concerns, it also rises positive perception of the partner (Lambert & Fincham, 2011). To show your concern toward your partner is a good way to maintain your relationship. Many people feel their partner do not care about them though it is not true, showing gratitude could increase the voicing concerns' comfort which helps people to share their concerns of their valentine more easy and deep. Lambert and Fincham (2011) also stated that, "positive perception of the partner mediated the relationship between condition and comfort in voicing relationship concerns."

As a conclusion, Expressing gratitude and be gratitude increase relationship quality both for men and women, married couple or dating couple. I suggest daily expression of gratitude in relationship, even though it seems difficult for some people, just give it a try and slowly it will become a common thing.
Best wishes for every couples :))

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