That little voice inside your — gut?

A study shows that gut reactions to photos and words about one’s spouse are telling of future happiness in the relationship.

New couples tend to talk in glowing terms of their partners. But as a study published in the December edition of Science shows, it’s how you feel deep down, not what you say, that ultimately counts the most when it comes to happiness.

In the study, newlywed couples were given a split-second look at a photo of their partner and asked to record their immediate reaction to positive or negative words. Those who had the most negative gut reactions after six months of marriage were also the ones who were most unhappy after four years of marriage.

Just goes to show: love might be blind, but only your gut knows for sure.

About the Author

Yan Barcelo

Yan Barcelo is a journalist in Montreal.

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