The Science of a Happy Marriage

Why do some men and women cheat on their partners while others resist the temptation?
To find the answer to this question many are turning to science. In this fascinating piece in The New York Times today, "findings suggest that while some people may be naturally more resistant to temptation, men and women can also train themselves to protect their relationships and raise their feelings of commitment."

The Fidelity Gene:
"Over all, men who carried a variation in the gene were less likely to be married, and those who had wed were more likely to have had serious marital problems and unhappy wives. Among men who carried two copies of the gene variant, about a third had experienced a serious relationship crisis in the past year, double the number seen in the men who did not carry the variant."

Training the Brain:

"While there may be genetic differences that influence commitment, other studies suggest that the brain can be trained to resist temptation. A series of unusual studies led by John Lydon, a psychologist at McGill University in Montreal, have looked at how people in a committed relationship react in the face of temptation."

What Keeps Couples Together:
"But it may not be feelings of love or loyalty that keep couples together. Instead, scientists speculate that your level of commitment may depend on how much a partner enhances your life and broadens your horizons."

Definitely worth the read at The New York Times

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