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Love Around Us

The Role of Love in Education, Parenting, and Romantic Relationships

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Love is the most important resource of every human being’s life. The authors examine what kind of roles love might have in different phases of life. They discuss how love makes life more meaningful and enjoyable. However, there are still love-related themes that are not so easy to discuss or accept. This book provides research-based analyses about the different roles of love including forms that have aroused contradictory feelings and prejudices, such as falling in love in the old age and love in people with intellectual disability are discussed. The book serves as a textbook for studies in psychology, education, and other fields in human sciences.

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Chapter 4. The Successful Combination of Work and Family (Satu Uusiautti / Kaarina Määttä)

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Satu Uusiautti & Kaarina Määttä

Chapter 4 The Successful Combination of Work and Family

Abstract: How to succeed both at work and in family life? According to this research, it is fundamentally all about finding a solution that satisfies both of the spouses – the ability to compromise.

Introduction

The relationship between work and family life has been studied mostly from the negative conflict perspective (O’Neill & Rothbard, 2017). It is obvious that the interplay between these two areas of life has positive consequences (Colbert, Bono, & Purnova, 2016; Dutton, Roberts, & Bednar, 2010) and the positive experiences and solutions are also worth studying (see e.g. Mahoney, 2002).

This phenomenon can be reflected from the point of view of positively acting people. According to Magnusson and Mahoney (2006), a relevant question is whether the life spans of the positively functioning people differ from others’ and if they do, what are the unique structures that express the human strength and positive ways of action in their life spans and how these structures can be recognized. Studies on happiness have pointed out a same kind of tendency: in order to know why some people are happier that others, we have to understand, what are the cognitive and motivational processes that maintain or even increase the happiness and positive attitude (Lyubomirsky, 2001).

The combination of work and family life has been studied increasingly since women started to work...

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