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A scientific investigation into human monogamy has found that the hormone oxytocin (OXT) can cause men to perceive their partners as more attractive than other women. When shown an image of their female partner, the reward regions of men’s brains were triggered by the hormone. It is therefore thought that the prevalence of oxytocin in males may increase the likelihood of them remaining faithful.
When we get defensive, we make it that much harder for our conversational counterparts to hear what we’re saying. We also make it harder to really listen to what they have to say. Soon, we’re shadow-boxing, defending ourselves against attacks that aren’t real, and wasting energy — and relationship capital — on damage control instead of solving the problem at hand.
Small talk is tough, both in practice and in principle. No one likes pointless conversation, but meeting new people is worthwhile, and networking is a valuable activity. So what do you do when you hate making small talk? According to Hannah Morgan, don’t bother — ask questions instead. It’s the fastest way to a real conversation.
This month, my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. A dozen years is both a long and a short time to be married, depending on how you look at it. Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about marriage I didn’t quite expect. Here are the things I think every single person should consider getting married.