When it comes to relationships, even happy and healthy relationships, stress is just part of the equation. Not just because it can sometimes be stressful to put in the necessary amount of effort to keep your relationship strong and on track, but the outside world can also take its toll on your relationship. It's hard not to carry home with you, at night, the stresses you've encountered throughout the day.
For their most recent survey, The Happiness Index, eHarmony commissioned Harris Interactive to do some research on happiness in relationships. The 2,084 respondents, 18 years of age and older, were asked not just about what in their relationships made them happy (or not happy), but what things caused the most stress in their life. The answers, of course, ran the gamut.
While some stresses in life are unavoidable, especially stress related to money, which is always a big source of concern in relationships, there are ways in which people can deal with these stresses, starting with communication.
“Communicating with your [partner] can simply mean to just listen," author and relationship expert Alexis Nicole White tells Bustle. "Be attentive, by demonstrating that you have heard what they’ve said by doing something to signal to them that you have heard them. If something is bothering them, do something to correct that irritation in their lives.”
But even if you and your partner have communication down to a science, it doesn't change the fact that stress exists for many couples. Here are the top 15 things that cause stress in relationships, according to eHarmony's findings.