You and your sweetheart might be headed out tonight to watch a date movie together.  Well it turns out there is a secret weapon to these sorts of sappy movies.

There's a new study out by the University of Rochester says watching a romantic comedy or date movie with your significant other can actually strengthen your own relationship.

The New York Times reports that the study found couples who watched these movies together were less likely to get a divorce or to separate.

The reason?  The researchers say the movie leads to introspection for each person and gets the conversation about their own relationship started in a non-threatening way.

Watching other couples on the screen go through own highs and lows makes you realize and address your own.

And the findings of this study are preliminary but the researchers do believe that the research will have a powerful effects on marriage therapy in the future.

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