The Positive State and Positive Mindset in Building a Positive Relationship: A Review Paper

  • Zhooriyati Sehu Mohamad Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, UCSI University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Khalid Abdullah Abu Bakar Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, UCSI University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Alif Muarifah Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Farah Umairah Sallehudin Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, UCSI University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Wendy Goh Chew May Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, UCSI University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Keywords: Resilience, Mindfulness, Relationship satisfaction, Romantic relationship


Romantic relationships have become one of the strongest predictors of life satisfaction and well-being as couples provide social and emotional support to one another. However, the level of intimacy between couples might decline due to increasing commitment over the years of marriage. When the level of intimacy decreases, negative consequences might happen which includes separation, divorce, as well as physical or mental health problems. It is common for individuals to get involved in romantic relationships; therefore, individuals need to understand the components that facilitate a positive relationship to minimize negative consequences from happening. Besides, having good romantic relationships enables individuals to be more satisfied with their life and improve their well-being. This paper discusses about the different factors that contribute to relationship satisfaction such as socioeconomic status, breadwinner arrangement in family, attachment styles, communication skills, physical appearance, cultural differences, duration of marriage and presence of children in marriage. This paper also specifically analyse and discuss how a positive state and mindset can contribute to positive relationships.


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How to Cite
Sehu Mohamad, Z., Abu Bakar, K. A., Muarifah, A., Sallehudin, F. U. and Chew May, W. G. (2022) “The Positive State and Positive Mindset in Building a Positive Relationship: A Review Paper”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 7(7), p. e001640. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v7i7.1640.