Listening and showing compassion towards your stressed spouse boosts romance: Study

It is good that you understand why your spouse is stressed, but this alone will not help him or her get rid of the situation.


Extend a helping hand and it will cement your romantic relationship further, feel researchers. A team of US researchers studying empathy in relationships found that in the absence of caring, understanding alone does not cut it when stressful situations arise in relationships.

The findings — published in the journal Psychological Science — provide the first evidence that cognitive and affective forms of empathy work together to facilitate responsive behaviour.