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Build Your Team Spirit

“The most important element of making a relationship work is teamwork,” says Dr. Tina Tessina, Ph.D., author of Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About The Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage. “If you play tug of war with each other, you won’t get anywhere. But as partners, you can accomplish anything.” Everyone loves a good team—just look at how riled up we all are over the World Cup. Bring a little bit of that spirit to your relationship. It could be as simple as joining your local bowling league and making T-shirts that say “Team Smith.” “Playing up that in-it-together mentality enhances the bonds of your relationship,” adds Tessina. So when it comes time to huddle over a serious issue like finances, you’ll be pumped to get on the same page.

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