The Good Life

Tips for Good marriage

You know those couples that have been together for decades and still seem madly in love?

Well, the truth is that even in the best of marriages, both partners probably fantasize about throwing in the towel.

A new Woman’s Day and AOL Living poll found that a shocking 72 percent of women surveyed have considered leaving their husbands at some point. But despite the occasional rocky patch, 71 percent expected to be with their husbands for the rest of their lives. Here are some tips from relationship experts on how to make that happen

Watch your waistline

Wedded couples tend to have fatter waistlines, which can spell trouble in terms of sexual attraction and general health.

Have a financial plan

Nearly 40 percent of married people admit to lying to their spouse about a purchase, according to a 2004 poll, and money woes can quickly send your marriage south. In fact, money is the number-one reason couples fight., and relationships tend to suffer during poor economies.

Make sex a priority — but not a chore

In other words, don’t pencil it in on your planner. That can make it become a responsibility –just like doing the dishes.

Finally, Be flexible

Whatever financial and household arrangements you agreed to in your 20s or 30s, chances are they’re going to change at some point in your marriage. So just be ready for that.

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