The Formula for Fairytales

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Growing up I loved being read bedtime fairytales. The most important stories in my mind always ended with the same phrase: “And they all lived happily ever after.” Yet, I never could imagine my princes and princesses in any sort of married life. They weren’t couples doomed to argue over who did the dishes, or how to raise children, they just lived in the same continued bliss of their courtship, never getting older or becoming less in love, no matter how many years passed.

Now that I’m older, however, I realize how much work goes into finding “happily ever after;” it isn’t something that comes easy after finding the perfect fit for that glass slipper. That being said, I am always looking for a quick answer to one big question. Is there any way to tell whether a relationship is destined for a disastrous divorce or if it’s a happily ever after fairytale? According to Mathematician Hannah Fry, it may be as simple as a formula.

In her newly released book The Mathematics of Love, Fry explains that the ... Read more »


Closing the gap: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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In today’s world of increased travel, internet, and smartphones, one type of relationship has become more common: the Long Distance Relationship.  Chances are you have experienced one yourself or have a friend who has.  You may know some of the challenges that come from being together as a couple, but distant physically – the bittersweet dreams of reuniting with the loved one, and the pain that follows when you realize it isn’t happening soon, or when you do reunited and the relationship turns sour instead of sweet.  The truth about reuniting with a distant loved one is not all rosy and sweet.

In a recent study, Laura Stafford and her colleagues at Ohio State University got a clear picture of what really happens when long distance couples reunite. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

When reunion occurs, most couples experience some good changes to their relationship that strengthen them and make their dreams come true.  

More face-to-face time

As would be expected, being closer geographically allows for more time to spend together face to face. This opens up opportunities ... Read more »