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:
- #2 reason people don't have sex: "Not in the mood"
- The hardest part about being married: 'Agreeing to disagree'
- 49% use praise to get what they want
- 71% sometimes feel like like "it's a losing battle" when they fight with their spouses
- 56% of people who have sex every few months report being satisfied or very satisfied in their relationships
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What do you do every night when you get home? I mean you and your spouse? Like after the kids are in bed? Do you… Watch TV? Retreat to your electronic devices (laptop. ipad, kindle, psp, etc)? Talk? Sit in … Continue reading
Things me and you should do more often that have few, if any, downsides: 1. Take a day off work to do nothing. 2. Practice the ukelele. 3. Cook vegetarian meals. 4. Pet the dog. 5. Swing in the hammock. … Continue reading
This is my friend Nancy: And this is her husband Eric: Nancy is leaving Eric in a few days to attend a 9-week yoga teacher training in San Diego. How are they dealing with their impending separation? Like any type-A … Continue reading
Economists would call this bad intertemporal decision-making (a fancy term which m,eans deciding something today that has consequences in the future). No exercise today, clooged aterties tomorrow. Too many Negronis tonight, not enough synapses functioning in the morning.
The opportunity cost of a night out with friends is a night out with my husband. But I can usually recoup that cost the next night, like by taking my guy out to see Avatar in 3-D. Continue reading
It only takes a $20,000 buying binge to equal the joys that come from being married Continue reading
Going on a date night is what we’d call an “active decision” that has the potential to keep the marriage exciting. Active decision-making (getting off the couch and having sex), according to economists, is often a more productive move than passive decision-making (staying on the couch and watching reruns of Grey’s Anatomy). Continue reading