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According to research from John Gottman and his colleagues — who have videotaped couples interacting for the past 40 years — happy couples have an average of 5 positive interactions for every negative one, whereas unhappy couples have 0.8 positive interactions for each negative one.

Said another way, in a happy relationship you have at least 50 positive interactions for every 10 negative ones, in an unhappy relationship you have 8 positive interactions for every 10 negative ones.

In between is… meh. More is… better!

Now another important piece of research to consider is that men have on average 52% more serotonin receptors than women do. Why is this interesting?

Your Brain and Love

The brain chemicals most important in the context of love and well being are:

  • Dopamine, which is the reward your brain gives you when you accomplish things
  • Serotonin, which helps regulate mood, appetite, sleep, and sexual desire (among other things)
  • Oxytocin, known as the love hormone because it helps increase bonding and trust

Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that plays a critical function in habit formation.
The neurotransmitter — or brain chemical — that most technology companies exploit is dopamine. When you get likes on your Instagram post, or remove that little reminder from the Facebook icon, that feeling of accomplishment is dopamine in action. It is the neurotransmitter that plays a critical function in habit formation. Contrary to popular belief, habits are not formed because of repetition, they are formed when something triggers a craving for a reward, which results in a routine that provides the reward.

E.g.: see pumpkin pie, crave pumpkin pie, eat pumpkin pie, reward. When you eat pumpkin pie, your brain releases dopamine as a marker to ensure you remember you like pumpkin pie. After a while, this whole process operates beneath conscious thought and then you have a habit. An automated response to stimuli. As soon as you are triggered, you begin the routine, regardless if it still gives you the same reward or not: when you first start smoking it may give you a reward of feeling good, and even if every time you smoke you begin hacking and feeling bad, you still crave that original reward every time you get triggered.

People constantly check their phones, taking them away from being with their friends and family, because they are craving that dopamine response
Dopamine is also the primary culprit in addiction. People constantly check their phones, taking them away from being with their friends and family, because they are craving that dopamine response. It is the easiest part of our human nature to take advantage of, and companies do it exceptionally well. One thing to remember is that we have the power to increase dopamine levels.

You Must Know This

Serotonin is the natural antidepressant and cooperates with oxytocin to give us feelings of love and well being. Serotonin also enhances dopamine response while at the same time keeping your brain balanced. Now here’s a super important point: you cannot increase your own levels of serotonin, that only happens from external stimuli. It is elevated through positive feedback. In the context of a relationship, it is the praise and appreciation from your partner that provides you with the necessary serotonin to be happy.

The Punch Line

So men, with twice as many serotonin receptors, need half as much love and affection to be happy. It is one of the main reasons that women are more likely to be depressed than men. This infers that our biology dictates:

  • Women need twice as much love and affection to achieve similar levels of happiness as men
  • Women need twice as much love and affection in order to have the same levels of serotonin and dopamine
  • Women need twice as much positive reinforcement from our external environment than men do in order to drive the same amount of motivation from dopamine activity

…the reality is you want to generate as many positive moments as you can every day
The bottom line is that the more positive feedback the better. A rule of thumb is 5:1 but the reality is you want to generate as many positive moments as you can every day.

The challenge is that it is easy to forget to do those things, and sometimes, we lack some understanding about what we can do to make this crucial release of serotonin and dopamine happen. That is why we created The Connection App: we have harnessed our understanding of the brain to help you do The Connection Habits which are proven to release the happy chemicals critical for well being.

If you want some more information about the App and The Connection Habits, we will be releasing a video presentation on October 17th. In this online session we will go into detail about The Connection Habits, and why knowing them isn’t enough, and what to do about that! If you want in on our best ever offer, you can put your name on our launch invitation list and we will send you the details.

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