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Every other day a new tip or trick is hailed as the relationship-enhancing secret to ensure the perfect marriage. However, relationship columnist Dave Willis has recently assumed a new angle on this, instead choosing to state the key things that happily married couples don’t do.
In an article for TIME Magazine, Willis defined the seven things that happy couples should avoid doing at all costs, including not making major decisions without consulting each other, and not letting either partner face a struggle alone.
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Not exactly rocket science, is it? However, the tip he places the most emphasis on is one that many of us may take for granted: ‘Happy couples don’t put their careers or hobbies before their marriage.’
It sounds like a given, but with modern life moving at an increasingly fast pace it can be difficult to divide our time equally outside of workplace demands. Of course it’s perfectly achievable (and healthy!) to maintain a career, hobby and a successful marriage, but Willis believes that “If you want a happy marriage, then give your spouse the best of yourself; not what’s leftover after you’ve given your best to everything else.”
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Workaholics, listen up!