Does workplace stress on a couple make the relationship stronger? Maybe. That’s what Florida State University professor Dr. Wayne Hochwarter found studying the effects of workplace stress on couples. Dr. Hochwarter says that people in high-stress occupations who have supportive spouses are twice as likely to be happy in their marriage. They also tend to have closer relationships with their kids and to participate in more family activities. Plus, feeling like your partner has your back helps you get through your workday. In fact, people with a supportive spouse get more done on the clock – and have higher levels of job satisfaction. And the best way to help your partner handle their tough job starts with empathy. When they talk about their day, just listen. And whatever you do, don’t try to trump them with a story about your boss. In Dr. Hochwarter’s studies, couples who “one-upped” each other were the least happy.
Want to form a solid connection when you meet someone new? A recent study found the key is to maintain eye contact for at least 60% of the conversation. Look away more than that, and they’ll think you aren’t really interested in them – or what they have to say.