One of the most delightful, clever and helpful books about marriage I’ve ever seen.- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and CommittedThe book is grounded in solid research, makes economics entertaining, and might just save a marriage or two.- Bloomberg NewsA convincing and creative case for how the dismal science can help reconcile marital disputes.- Washington PostThe more you think about it, the more it makes perfect sense.- Sunday TimesPractical, compelling, and often hilarious...The minute I finished the book, I started to experiment on my husband.- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
Results From Our SurveyWhat we heard from the more than 1,100 people who took our Exhaustive, Groundbreaking and Very Expensive Marriage Survey:
- 15% point out that their friends' spouses are better
- 76% disagreed with the statement, "The amount of sex should diminish over time"
- 42% have withheld important information from their spouses
- The hardest part about being married: 'Negotiating different goals'
- The hardest part about being married: 'Learning to live with another person in the house'
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Category Archives: arguing
When I’m scared, I tend to retreat or retaliate. But I bet if I looked my husband in the eyes and took his hand every time I was freaking out — about another looming deadline or my inability to prevent my infant from eating toys that are most certainly made with toxic lead levels in China — I’d feel a lot better.
“I don’t mind getting up,” I say. But by 6 a.m., when little Miss Sunshine is up again, it’s apparent I did mind getting up. I’m grumpy, tired and resentful that my other half is not leaping out of bed. I got up at 12, isn’t it all but written on the bedroom wall that it’s his turn? Continue reading
A week of constant bickering was a pretty powerful sign that our market was failing. We’re working on how to reset it, rejiggering our comparative advantages now that we have two kids instead of one and two careers instead of one and a maternity leave. Continue reading
In today’s New York Times Styles section, Jenny talks about what writing a book about marriage did to (and for) her own marriage: No sooner had we started interviewing couples, polling strangers and diving into the research than our marriages … Continue reading
It’s not like I could say no. When my husband told me he was invited to Davos, that picturesque Swiss alpine village where Very Important People pay half a million dollars to pretend to work for five days, what could … Continue reading
Troubled relationships can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of heart attack, pneumonia and cancer. Continue reading
Here’s a solution you may have overlooked last time you butted heads with your spouse: Let someone else decide which of you is right. That’s what the Web site side taker is all about, only that “someone else” is the entire online community. Continue reading