The researchers look at how each partner’s personality and behavior contributed to relationship satisfaction. They consider factors like attachment style and neuroticism. So McNulty and his team interviewed the couples — and they did something else, too...
... they also watched footage of more than 350 hours worth of the couples’ conversations.
Personal accounts of perception and behavior aren’t always reliable, after all, so watching footage helps paint a fuller picture of how the relationship really works.
Anyone who has pulled off a decades-long marriage will tell you that communication is a pillar of a solid partnership — and any kind of relationship, tbh.
Turns out the science backs up your elders’ wisdom.