Psyc 465 topics of marriage

As Gottman and Driver explain in the article Daily Marital Interactions and Positive Affect During Marital Conflict Among Newlywed Couples, “The current data provides preliminary support for the theory that couples build intimacy through hundreds of very ordinary, mundane moments in which they attempt to make emotional connections” (p.302). “Building positive affect during everyday life may be easier to influence than directly changing positive affect during conflict” (Gottman and Driver, 2004, 302). With this in mind, it is important to be intentional about making the most of our everyday moments.  The article discusses Stuart’s (1980) concept of assigning a “caring day” (as cited in Gottman and Driver, 2004, p. 302). On the designated caring day, the partner increases positive behavior that will help their partner feel supported, valued, and loved. In turn, the effects of the ongoing “caring day” is increased positive affect between the couple (Gurman and Jacobson, 2002). The increased positive affect also makes a difference when a couple is in conflict, which you read about in the article. For this assignment, you will choose one “caring day” during the week. During that day each week, you will demonstrate extra care, love, support, and ways to show value to your spouse or someone in an identified relationship. At the end of each caring day, you will journal about your experience being caring and how this impacted you and your relationship.


Review Daily Marital Interactions and Positive Affect During Marital Conflict Among Newlywed Couples (attached below)

Choose one day (Monday – Sunday) to be intentional about showing love, support, and value to your partner or another relationship.

Showing love, support, and value can be done by providing extra help, perhaps demonstrating love based on his/her love language, providing verbal encouragement, being intentional about noticing what he/she has done well that day, etc.
Note: If you are not in a romantic relationship, you can choose a relationship with a family member, friend, colleague, etc. 

  1. Use the Caring Days Journal (attached below)
  2. Click on the “Use Template” button.
  3. Practice the “caring day” for 6 weeks and at the end of each caring day, you are to journal about your experience by:

Providing the date, and time (i.e. Week 2, July 31st, 8:00 pm).
Note: There should be 6 entries, one for each week, by the due date.

  1. Describing the act of caring done.

Discussing how the experience impacted you and your relationship.  

  • At the end of 6 weeks of writing in your Caring Days Journal, write a 1-2 page reflection paper that analyzes and describes the benefits and challenges of having an intentional approach to caring.
  1. Submit your reflection paper before the deadline.

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