This is what your partner stealing your food says about your relationship

This is what your partner stealing your food says about your relationship

Oh, to be young and in love.

Is there anything more thrilling than the first few days of a new relationship; the endless possibilities, the thrill of it all, all the new things you learn about and from your partner?

Of course, those feelings tend to dampen slightly over time. If only that spirit of adventure, which is replaced instead by the warm, fuzzy glow of knowing that you have someone to fight your corner, someone who will have your back no matter what.

Naturally, over time you develop your own set of habits as a couple; your TV watching schedule, for example, is surely of paramount importance. After all, if you don't spend lazy Sunday evenings binge watching Netflix shows or endless re-runs of The Lion King, what on earth are you doing with your time? Actually leaving the house? You're braver than most.

Just as important as your television viewing habits, though, are your eating habits. In reality, isn't your relationship pretty much endless conversations about food you've eaten, are planning to eat, or wish you could eat? Part of the fun of it all is sharing your favourite things with someone, and finding that they love it just as much as you do.

However, I'm certain that most couples will be acutely aware of a somewhat thorny issue at this point. While food might be your most cherished shared activity, there's a slight problem, isn't there, because someone is something of a food thief.

It's a common phenomenon in the modern relationship; food thievery is, quite simply part of 21st century couple life. Although, it can be a little bit annoying, can't it?

You've just ordered your favourite meal (takeout, of course, so you can slump in front of the television, I mean, who still goes out for dinner?) when lo and behold, your significant other starts absent mindedly picking fries off your plate, without even a hint of shame.

Why couldn't they simply order their own fries? Well that would be far too easy, wouldn't it? But as it turns out, "sharing" your food with your partner is actually a very good thing indeed. Research from Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences has found that sharing food releases oxytocin, a hormone commonly associated with the bonding of a mother and her child.

What's more, the hormone can also be found in particularly strong bonds of friendship or relationship, so it turns out that when your partner steals that last bite of burger from your plate, they're actually strengthening your relationship no end.

According to the study, which focused on chimpanzee behaviour;

"This link between food sharing and oxytocin found in chimpanzees may also be relevant for humans, where pro-social behaviour has often been linked to food sharing and provisioning."

So next time you brazenly grab a handful of chips from your significant other's bowl, remind them of the fact that it is, quite literally, for the good of your relationship.