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10 Things Every Happy Marriage Has in Common

Redbook Logo By Christine Coppa of Redbook | Slide 1 of 10: Today, 28 percent of married American women earn more money than their partners, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by USA Today. That can be difficult for some men—and women—to accept, but if it’s your reality, there are several ways you can make the situation work for your marriage. Start by taking a deep breath, sitting down together, and closely examining where you’re at, especially if your husband is in between jobs. “You have a marriage, a family, and at least one income to help get through a tough time—and this too shall pass,” says relationship expert Paulette Kouffman Sherman, Ph.D. It sounds cheesy, but affirmations can also help. For example, “We are a team, and right now, I am helping us thrive. Other times, he’s done that. And we will continue to support one other.”

Today, 28 percent of married American women earn more money than their partners, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by USA Today. That can be difficult for some men—and women—to accept, but if it’s your reality, there are several ways you can make the situation work for your marriage. Start by taking a deep breath, sitting down together, and closely examining where you’re at, especially if your husband is in between jobs. “You have a marriage, a family, and at least one income to help get through a tough time—and this too shall pass,” says relationship expert Paulette Kouffman Sherman, Ph.D. It sounds cheesy, but affirmations can also help. For example, “We are a team, and right now, I am helping us thrive. Other times, he’s done that. And we will continue to support one other.
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