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Dear Valentine: Your Guide to Healthy Sacrifice

Sacrifice is a recurring theme of history's most enduring love stories. While scientific inquiry into the physiology and psychology of love began only in the second half of the 20th century, current research attests to the appeal of sacrifice as a subject for ancient love poems and modern movies. 

Relationship studies show that sacrifice — defined as giving up your own interests for the benefit of your partner — is an important ingredient in a romantic bond. 

Melissa Curran, a University of Arizona associate professor in the Family Studies and Human Development program within the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, studies relationship sacrifices.


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