“The quickest way for longtime couples to rekindle romance may be to pretend they’re strangers, according to a University of British Columbia psychology study.
By acting as if they’re on a first date, they’ll likely put their best face forward and end up having a better time, says investigator Elizabeth Dunn, an assistant professor at the UBC Dept. of Psychology. […]
They found that the volunteers significantly underestimated how good they would feel after meeting a stranger, compared to interacting with their romantic partner.
We make an extra effort when meeting strangers because we want them to like us,” says Dunn. “And by trying to be more pleasant, we end up actually feeling better – but we tend to overlook this benefit.”
The study also recommends meeting new people to elevate mood.”
Dunn EW, Biesanz JC, Human LJ, Finn S. (2007). Misunderstanding the affective consequences of everyday social interactions: the hidden benefits of putting one’s best face forward. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2007 Jun;92(6):990-1005.