In Matters of Love, Kindness Finishes First

This week, Business Insider ran one of my favorite articles again: Science Says Relationships Come Down to Two Basic Traits. Emily Esfahani Smith interviewed me for this article and she produced such an articulate message about the powerful, but often overlooked influence of kindness on so many aspects of our close relationships.

In The Science of Happily Ever After, I examine what researchers have discovered about how kindness influences fairness, negotiation, and even sexual satisfaction in our romantic relationships. And when I’m asked what I would wish for in an ideal partner, kindness is always one of the traits that makes the list.

If you want to see more, you can check out the interview below, in which I talked with Business Insider about how our partner’s kindness and other personality traits influence the quality of our romantic relationships.