The Chicago Tribune interviews Benjamin Le, a Haverford College psychologist who contributed to a new book called The Science of Relationships.
In the honeymoon phase, you're learning a lot about someone who's new. It can promote satisfaction and it's good for one's self-concept. Dissatisfaction occurs because you know that person and there's no novelty. Relationships become boring. New activities can buffer couples from having a decline. Those things do need to be physically and intellectually stimulating. If you like to watch movies, that's not enough, because it's passive. But if you like to hike, those sorts of activities that are more physical tend to jump-start satisfaction.
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