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Dec 28, 2021

To commemorate the 300th episode of the Empowered Relationship Podcast here's a special episode for you all!

Since the premiere episode in 2015, our goal has been to help people feel more prepared and, as a result, set their relationships up for success by encouraging them to invest in the strength of their connection rather than second-guessing their partner choice.

Learn how couples can shift into safer, more positive, and more connected patterns of relating as she discusses key findings out of a landmark relationship science study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which was first-authored by Samantha Joel.

Check out the transcript of this episode on Dr. Jessica Higgin's website.

In this episode

08:08 What constitutes a successful relationship, and why do some relationships thrive more than others?

16:06 Top relationship characteristics that most accurately predict a person's happiness.

30:00 Five personal attributes that can help predict a person's happiness.


A landmark study shows what makes a successful relationship

Machine learning uncovers the most robust self-report predictors of relationship quality across 43 longitudinal couples studies

Dr. Susan Johnson's website

Gottman Institute

Julie Gottman's wikipedia page

Samantha Joel's citations on Google Scholar

Podcast Rocket's website

ERP 297: How to Enhance Emotional Intimacy in Your Relationship – An Interview with Amber Dalsin

ERP 274: How Increasing Relationship Love & Health Can Impact Borderline Personality Disorder – An Interview with Gabrielle Usatynski

ERP 169: What to Do When Depression Takes Hold in Your Relationship, with Dr. Susan Heitler

ERP 166: How Perfectionism And Depression Affect You And Your Relationship – with Dr. Margaret Rutherford

ERP 015: Do You Have a “Unity” or “Journey” Mindset In Relationship?

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