Is it more important for couples to party like rockstars or to never fight?

Partying. “…how you celebrate is more predictive of strong relations than how you fight.”

Via Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being:

Shelly Gable, professor of psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has demonstrated that how you celebrate is more predictive of strong relations than how you fight.

Some fighting can be a good thing for families with children.

Via NurtureShock:

Certain types of fighting, despite the acrimony, are ultimately a sign of respect—not of disrespect.

University of Rochester’s Dr. Judith Smetana, a leader in the study of teen disclosure, confirms that, over the long term, “moderate conflict with parents [during adolescence] is associated with better adjustment than either no-conflict or frequent conflict.”

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