Yeah, we all know there’s no such thing as the perfect guy (OK, maybe 69 percent perfect), but when we’re happy and in love, some of us think our guys are sent from heaven above. And while in the past, there have been conflicting reports on whether idealizing your partner is actually beneficial for your relationship, a new study in Psychology Today says it helps to keep the love alive—even after you say “I do.”
The study, published in Psychological Science, looked at how idealizing partners impacted marriage satisfaction by following 193 newlyweds over three years. Researchers then asked participants to rate their partners, themselves and their “ideal” mates.
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