Things You Wouldn’t Expect Are Great For Relationships  

Eric Vega
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Fostering a great relationship is hard work, but it's both rewarding and satisfying when you do. While there are tons of relationship books out there about communication and love languages, there are some lesser-known strategies for building a better relationship that seem to have gone under the radar. These suggestions might sound strange or counterintuitive at first, but sometimes it's the less obvious advice that can have the greatest impact.

There's no one secret in love; rather, dozens of individual choices can all add up to a healthier relationship. Everyone is different and not every piece of advice will be right for your relationship, but these suggestions are meant to help guide couples looking to connect on a deeper level. You may want to roll your eyes at a few of these, but you might be surprised by what could happen if you open yourself up to this unexpected relationship advice.

Doing Chores Together

Couples who work together stay together. At least, that's what this study from the succinctly named German Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics determined. Researchers analyzed the habits of 1,338 couples and discovered that couples who share the chore load report higher levels of sexual satisfaction in their relationships.

The study focused on male contribution to the workload specifically, finding a positive correlation between male involvement in chores and increased romantic satisfaction.

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Touching While Sleeping

According to researchers with the Edinburgh International Science Festival, being in close proximity to your partner while sleeping is a good indicator that you're in a healthy relationship. You don't have to be full-on spooning either - just a light touch is enough to get a sense of your intimacy levels.

If you're part of a couple that doesn't sleep near each other at all, you may want to consider closing the gap.

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Gossiping About Other Couples

Most people believe gossip to be a negative thing, but not Dr. Jennifer Bosson, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. In fact, she believes that gossiping about other couples can actually bring a couple closer together. This is because of the secretive nature of gossip. 

Gossip only occurs between people who trust each other. If you're complaining to your partner about someone else, you are trusting them not to tell that person what you said. There's an intimacy involved with sharing secrets, so it's not surprising that lots of couples enjoy breaking down and analyzing the actions of other couples. In addition, pointing out the flaws of other couples often leads people to appreciate the positive aspects of their own relationship.

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Picking Food Off Each Other's Plates

There's something intimate about sharing food with your partner. When most people hear the word date, their first thought usually has some sort of meal involved. Not everyone likes when their partner picks off their plate without permission, however.

There's a difference between taking food and sharing it, and it's an important distinction. Sharing food is a very primal act, and it's a way to show a sense of togetherness and enjoy a positive experience with each other.

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