As if it were at all possible, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris got even cuter last week. Their super sweet exchange about Faris' jealousy in regards to one of Pratt's Jurassic World costars sent hearts aflutter across the Twittersphere:
Talk about #relationshipgoals. While we tend to ogle celebrity relationships that gloss over the bad and highlight the best, cutest on-camera behavior, there are some couples who actually openly and honestly model healthy relationships, warts and all. Since marrying in 2009, Pratt and Faris have been one of those couples, candid and self-effacing and honest about what really happens behind the scenes of a marriage. And as any psychologist would tell you, having realistic expectations for a relationship is crucial to making it work.
So set aside therapists' or moms' advice for just a moment — here are a few moments that prove Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have all the relationship advice you ever need.
1. They discover shared interests that are totally them.
Shared interests are important in a relationship... even if that shared interest is dead bugs. Yup, Faris admitted in an interview on The Late Late Show that the moment she knew Pratt was "the one" (and even started crying) as when she found out he too had a dead bug collection. While cultivating your own interests is important, shared activities, bug-related or otherwise, can really bring a couple together.
2. They aren't afraid to get TMI in the name of honesty.
Admitting to sexual problems is not easy for any man, but as Mic previously pointed out, Pratt isn't just any man. Speaking to Access Hollywood about his pre-Zero Dark Thirty body, Pratt said, "I had a lower sex drive, to be honest with you. Everything about my spirit was dull. I didn't feel great, and I think people will relate to that."
3. They're not afraid of a little (or a lot) of PDA.
These two seem to turn every red carpet into a public display of their oh-so-deep affection. Pratt and Faris can barely keep their hands off one another, which may actually be helping them as a couple. Multiple studies have linked public affection and higher relationship satisfaction — as if we needed another reason to be jealous of them.
4. Goofy is their M.O.
Having fun seems like a full-time job for these two. When they're not posting about their exploits on Instagram, they're making the red carpet their playground. Research shows that having fun with your S.O. is associated with better relationships — and if that's the case, these two probably have the best relationship in the world.
5. They're all about being (adorably) supportive.
When your husband has had a string of box office and TV hits, it may be easy to let the fans do the supporting while you hang back. But whether it's tweeting about his latest blockbuster or sitting in the audience for his inaugural Saturday Night Live gig, Faris defines what it means to be a supportive wife. Why is that important? Amie M. Gordon, a social psychologist at the University of California-Berkeley, explains, "Being able to share in your partner's joys is one way to boost the positives in your relationship."
6. They keep the romance alive and well.
What could be more romantic than being serenaded by your S.O.? What about being serenaded on national TV? Chris Pratt used his gig as SNL host not only to promote his work, but also to show the world how much he adores his wife. Romance takes inventiveness and effort, but with that, it's integral to a marriage, as Faris and Pratt have proven.
7. They don't give a shit about gender norms.
What do you do when your fiancé has an engagement ring and you want one too? If you're Chris Pratt, you buy yourself a ring (a "mangagement ring," if you will). Before tying the knot, Pratt sported a ring on his telltale finger because, as he told People, "I just kind of wanted one... She got one and I was like, 'I want one!'" Men and women with feminist partners are more satisfied, so the egalitarian gesture could do more than just win brownie points.
8. They embrace life's simple pleasures.
Most people's idea of date night might be an expensive night out on the town. For these two, making French toast is as special as an evening as the Oscars. It's the little things that make us happy in our relationships, from cooking together — or sporting matching hats.
9. They love each other through literal thick and thin.
Prior to getting notoriously ripped for his roles in Zero Dark Thirty and Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt was the king of the dad bod. But while Faris may like his toned physique now, she doesn't mind if he puts on a few pounds. "I love Chris ripped and I love him a little rounder too," she told recently told Redbook. Accepting someone no matter how they look? It's a solid relationship lesson we should all keep in mind.
10. Appreciative is an understatement.
Let's be honest, everyone has taken their S.O. for granted at one point or another. But Faris and Pratt let the love and appreciation flow: In a Reddit AMA, Pratt wrote, "Anna is a great wife. Very patient and understanding. Very supportive. So kind and genuine always. And she gave me a wonderful son and family of in-laws that I truly love." If the research that shows kindness and generosity are the key to happiness in a relationship, Pratt and Faris' smiles must be for real.
11. They prioritize time with each other.
Kids can take a toll on a relationship, as Faris and Pratt know since the arrival of their son Jack, now 2. "It's just as important, if not more important, to focus on your relationship with your partner, because your children are going to leave one day [and] you have to maintain a relationship that's going to outlast your child's needs for you," Pratt told People. And according to research, date night makes couples 3.5 times more likely to check off "extremely happy" in their relationship survey.
12. Afraid of commitment? Not these two.
Telling someone you want to marry them the first day you meet them may seem like something that only happens in a sitcom, but it's exactly how Pratt felt on the set of Take Me Home Tonight. He told People, "It took a while for me to admit it, because it would be crazy to be like, 'I want to marry you' the first day I met her. But I could have!" As if it weren't obvious, studies show being committed to your relationship means better happiness and well-being.
13. They still have googly eyes for each other.
That cliché that a person can make you feel like you're the only one in the room? Looking at Pratt and Faris, it seems to be a little more than a cliché. According to research, being in a happy, committed relationship means we tend to pay less attention to alternatives (even attractive ones) when we're happy with our partners. By the looks of it, these two are over the moon for one another.
14. If you can do each other's hair, you know it's true love.
"I'd always braid Anna's hair, but I was doing it too tight and it broke in some places. Then I got a French-braid lesson from her mom, and it turns out I'm a pro. I must have been a hairstylist in a previous life," Pratt told Redbook.
Really, that's all we needed to hear to know this relationship was a winner.