Throw some popcorn in the microwave, put on your comfiest sweatpants, and hop on the couch to watch the newest rom-com… with your significant other. A new reason to let you pick the movie on date night comes in the form of a recently released study that showed watching romantic comedies with your partner might actually strengthen your relationship!
Newly married couples were told to watch one romantic comedy per week, then talk about the issues the characters on screen were going through and how they handled them. They were asked to think about how the characters handled conflict, how the relationship was similar or different from their own, and more. Couples who did this had a significantly lower divorce rate than the national average. Even though the study was conducted with newlyweds, it clearly has wide-ranging implications for all kinds of relationships!
So go ahead, boot up Netflix, watch The Notebook for the umpteenth time, and tell your partner they have to watch too, because science says it’s good for you.