As we take a moment to reflect on love this Valentine's Day, new research from the University of Minnesota suggests that one key to a rewarding and sustainable relationship is a partner's ability to recover from conflict. Once an argument is over, can you let it go or do you hold a grudge?

Feb, 14, 2011



As we take a moment to reflect on love this Valentine's Day, new research from the University of Minnesota suggests that one key to a rewarding and sustainable relationship is a partner's ability to recover from conflict. Once an argument is over, can you let it go or do you hold a grudge?

According to PsychCentral.com, the study examines how people "recover or come down" after they've had a disagreement with their loved ones.

"What we show is that recovering from conflict well predicts higher satisfaction and more favorable relationship perceptions," The study's lead researcher Jessica Salvatore told Psych Central. "You perceive the relationship more positively."

If you're not the type of partner to let a quarrel go easily, it doesn't mean your relationship is destined to fail. Take a look at how your partner recovers from conflict — If he can let things go more easily, it looks like you're in the clear.

"If I'm good at recovering from conflict, my husband will benefit and be more satisfied with our relationship," Salvatore added.

Which partner are you in your relationship? Do you recover from conflict better than your partner?