Talk—and Listen—To Each Other
Paychecks and housework aside, a new study from the University of Virginia shows that the factor that contributes most to whether you are happy in your marriage is whether your husband or partner is engaged emotionally. If he listens to you, is concerned about what's important to you, stops and focuses when it is clear that you are happy or unhappy about something and want to share, you are likely to want to stick around for more. How do you get him to this point? Start by doing the same for him. If he doesn't get it, then ask—outright—for him to pay attention.

Do it, say this and sound smart: "I really want to know what happened during your day—and how you feel about it. And then I want to tell you about mine."

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Reprinted from Make Money, Not Excuses by Jean Chatzky with permission from Crown Business, a division of Random House, Inc. Copyright © 2006 by Jean Chatzky.
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