Romantic relationships that thrive possess specific values that provide safety and security to each partner. Partners also behave in ways that foster deep emotional connection and intimacy. The behaviors or rituals that happily committed couples engage in are considered relationship enhancement practices. Selecting a mate is a significant life task for most humans. The desires to share one’s life with someone else, possibly reproduce, and grow old with someone are nearly universal. There are many opportunities online and in the popular media to either engage in or witness the pairings of single young adults. Media images penetrate the minds of individuals young and old, shaping and perhaps distorting perceptions of what lasting relationships can look like.

Relationship enhancement is an approach to developing realistic relationship expectations ...

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