Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This is the secret to a happy relationship

JenniferAnistonVinceVaughan.jpg

It seems that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. A new survey has found that the secret to a successful relationship is very simple - don’t spend too much time together.

Of the 1,000 adults TeamSport questioned, one third admitted that taking time out to bond with friends made them happier in their own relationship.

The secret to a happy relationship

A new survey has found that the secret to a successful relationship is very simple - don’t spend too much time together.

“As a nation, we are guilty of wanting to spend way too much time with our partners, and although being in a relationship is one of the greatest feelings in the world, it’s also important that we let our partners breath and allow them have a life of their own,” said dating coach Suzie Parkus.

Don’t panic: vegging out in front of your favourite boxset is fine, just as long as you don’t do it all the time.

Psychotherapist Hilda Burke adds: “Often many people’s happiness relies solely on their partner, which isn’t healthy. Depending on another person to fulfil all of our needs can often mean setting ourselves up to feel disappointed and resentful.”

More men than woman admitted that spending too much time with their partner led to arguments and the survey showed that they were also better at spending more time with their friends. 

It's not the first time findings like this have come to light; in 2012, a study by the University of Michigan's Institute published in the Wall Street Journal found that having enough space, or privacy, in a relationship is even more important to a couple's happiness than a good sex life. 

"When individuals have their own friends, their own set of interests, when they are able to define themselves not by their spouse or relationship, that makes them happier and less bored," Dr. Orbuch, who ran the study, revealed.

So here's to more me-time!

Related

ariel winter sags.jpg

Ariel Winter reveals her breast reduction scars at the SAG Awards

303_tablet_scoop_kombutcha_lead_v1.jpg

The juice trend that will improve digestion and boost your immunity

opener_rt.jpg

Introducing 2016's most heroic and ingenious products

opener_rt.jpg

How to regain control of time when life gets busy

ThinkstockPhotos-178149253.jpg

Stylist meets Heather Dixon, the UK’s answer to Dana Scully

air diane keaton.png

The actress who insisted on wearing her own clothes for Vanity Fair

mother-daughter-mamma-mia.jpg

Mums and daughters have a stronger bond than anyone else, says science

AmalClooneyGeorgeClooney.jpg

This week's fashion highlights: from Amal Clooney to Lily James

mindmap.PNG

This is what happened when a man asked his wife what was on her mind

Comments

More

20 landmark moments for women in business

From equal pay to the vote

by Sarah Biddlecombe
01 Mar 2017

Feud fans, the second series is all about Charles and Diana

The 10 episode series, titled Feud: Charles and Diana, is set to air in 2018…

by Kayleigh Dray
01 Mar 2017

The latest episode of ‘Girls’ proves it’s still as relevant as ever

Famous men and sexual assault are the themes tackled in ‘American Bitch’.

by Moya Crockett
01 Mar 2017

The beautiful true story behind this ‘date night’ photo will break you

This photograph of an elderly couple having dinner together has gone viral

by Kayleigh Dray
01 Mar 2017

Fancy getting paid to eat crisps all day?

Walkers are on the hunt for a brand-new crisp taster…

by Kayleigh Dray
01 Mar 2017

Cadbury unveils new bar stuffed with peanut butter and Oreo

Be still our beating hearts...

by Kayleigh Dray
01 Mar 2017

Woman who found £20 note on shop floor is convicted of theft

She was also ordered to pay £175

by Sarah Biddlecombe
01 Mar 2017

Sex makes us happy because of what happens afterwards, study finds

It’s not necessarily enough to just get up and go.

by Moya Crockett
28 Feb 2017

Anti-rape campaigners have their say on new Broadchurch storyline

Harrowing scenes saw Julie Hesmondhalgh’s character recall the moment she was raped

by Kayleigh Dray
28 Feb 2017

These rape prevention tips are going viral for all the right reasons

Whistles and buddy systems feature

by Kayleigh Dray
28 Feb 2017