Showing affection when dating

Consider this: Affection is the Number One reason couples seek therapy (Doss et al., 2004).

Following is a summary of research studies that highlight key benefits of affectionate communication.

(Read more.) Uniquely, we found that the amount of affection you express your partner best predicts your satisfaction.In some of my earlier work, we argued that affection may be a “thermometer” that allows a person to gauge a partner's interest (Horan & Booth-Butterfield, 2010).We based this claim on our findings that affectionate communication was related to relational investment.Specifically, I wanted to discover whether affection might lead to enhanced responses to partners’ mistakes.Findings revealed that the amount of affection individuals received from partners was negatively related to feeling hurt; perceptions of severity; and obsessive/intrusive thoughts.