Okay, confession time: You have this couple-y voice and way of talking to your significant other. It's completely unintentional; you just find yourself changing the way you talk when you're with each other. Plus, as the relationship progresses, you find yourselves having pet-names for each other.
Doing these things come naturally to the both of you. And while some may think that it's quite cloyingly sweet or even a bit cringe-worthy, there's actually a good reason why you do those things.
According to a research called 'Sweet Pea' and 'Pussy Cat': An Examination of Idiom Use and Marital Satisfaction Over the Life Cycle carried out by Carol Bruess, the reason behind this way of communication (hello, "baby talk"!) is because you find solidarity and satisfaction in the relationship.
As for the couple names, Carol said that it's a sign of intimacy between the two of you, a way for us to put a label on the things we call ours.
"I think it's a really human, natural behavior to take language and shape it for our own purposes," she told Hello Giggles. "I think that's how nicknames evolve. We name things, we give things symbols, and over time we tend to naturally manipulate those symbols toward a certain outcome."
So while you catch yourself sometimes laughing at how matamis you are with each other, at least you know that your relationship is heading the right way–towards happines and contentment.
This story originally appeared on Candymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.