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Care Packages As Relationship Maintenance

I have recently been preparing care packages for people in my life for another project I’m working on. I made one for my brother-in-law who just started his first year of college, one for my niece celebrating her birthday away from home, and another for friends who live many states away and just bought their first house. The act of putting together these packages got me thinking about why sending thoughtful correspondence like this matters, and what communication scientists would say about why care packages are a useful relationship maintenance tool.  Relationship Maintenance All relationships require maintenance. This is especially important for long-distance relationships. Care packages can help maintain a relationship over far distances. Research has shown the importance of maintaining relationships for health and happiness. Relationships that are well maintained are more satisfying. The people in them report higher commitment and like each other more. Relationship maintenance take…

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