Hopeful science thought for the New Year (from Dr. Helen Fisher on edge.org via the WSJ):
“Natural selection [favors] those who responded negatively to the one malevolent intruder, rather than positively to myriad friendly guests.”
But, “happily-in-love long-term partners [overlook] the negative to focus on the positive aspects of their marital relationships—… ‘positive illusions.’ … We humans are able to convince ourselves that the real is the ideal.”
“The neural roots of tolerance, mercy and pardon may live deep in the human psyche.”
Happy New Year, especially you who survived and thrived in long-term, loving relationships.