Well, another Christmas has rolled around, and I’m busy counting my blessings and reflecting on a rough year for everyone. With all the restrictions in place in the UK, it’s a less sociable Christmas than usual, but I’m fortunate to be with my family and able to appreciate what we have.
Here’s an engaging video about the Science of Love by John Gottman.
Some gems in this, and also some good affirmation of the value of committing to long-term love. I was struck by the fact that his equation for the trajectory of a couple’s conversation has two main terms for each person – one was their own “emotional inertia” and the other was the influence of their partner. Obvious, in some ways, but useful to see it spelt out that plainly.
Looking at his index of positive indicators for long term love, I’m feeling pretty physiologically calm right now – especially as my wife cooked a brilliant homemade Christmas pudding this year.
So, I’ll get back to the festivities and end by wishing everyone in the LwL community good fortune, Yuletide blessings, and a happy New Year. Thanks and best wishes, all!
Let’s hope 2021 proves to be better than 2020…