Empathetic Partners = Happier Relationship

Researchers sampled a diverse group of couples and found that men’s and women’s perceptions of their significant other’s empathy, and their abilities to tell when the other is happy or upset, are linked to relationship satisfaction…


“It could be that for women, seeing that their male partner is upset reflects some degree of the man’s investment and emotional engagement in the relationship, even during difficult times. This is consistent with what is known about the dissatisfaction women often experience when their male partner becomes emotionally withdrawn and disengaged in response to conflict,”..


Researchers believe the bottom line is that the more empathetic an individual can be to the other partner’s feelings, the happier the couple. Future research should encourage couples to better appreciate and communicate one another’s efforts to be empathetic.