Did you know that the rate of infidelity in American marriage has not increased in 20 years, even though attitudes toward adultery have loosened in the past 40?

More facts, in addition to tips for success, are included in the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project’s annual report. 

You can click through the project’s welcome page to read the 116-page report — or just get the abbreviated version here.

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Our friends at The Huffington Post have thoughtfully pared the report’s findings down to a few key points as an entry point into more advanced-level marital strategy:

1. Marriage is as much an economic, as an emotional partnership.

This is one area the most recent recession helped families strengthen their bonds.

Mutual belt-tightening and simple lifestyle shifts, such as more cooking and eating together at home have united families in, both, financial agreement, increased communication, and quality time.

2. It’s OK to switch traditional financial responsibilities.

Generally, women tend to make the everyday purchasing decisions in a household, and men the long-term investment choices.

UVA professor Richard T. Wilcox suggests flipping the responsibilities.

Women tend to enjoy shopping more and therefore spend more, getting an emotional, as well as, practical pay-off out of the experience. A man will typically have more spending discipline when it comes to household shopping.





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