June 2017

Spending some time alone and away from you partner can be a good thing, says Jessica Borelli, an associate professor of psychology and social behavior. A day, a weekend or even a whole week can enrich the relationship, though too much time alone can allow a person to ruminate on negative thoughts.

"Finding a happy medium is important, but challenging, and what constitutes a happy balance differs from couple to couple and across cultures," Borelli told Refinery 29.

Time apart allows each person to savor and reflect on prior moments of close connection, and those thoughts can underscore feelings of security in the relationship, Borelli says.

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