I heard about an interesting interview on Here and Now with Paula Szuchman, one of the authors of Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes—Jenny Anderson is the other author. It sounded like it might just have some sensible advice to making a successful marriage. Check it out.
From the Spousonomics website:
Have you ever gone to the “dark place” after a fight about who does the dishes more often? Do you worry that your job is destroying your marriage? Have you ever sat up at night, remembering how much more fun married life used to be?
Enter Spousonomics, a book that offers a brilliant, fresh twist to standard relationship advice by showing how economics—yes, economics—is the key to a happy marriage.
Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, journalists from The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, present a radical new idea: Every marriage is its own little economy, a business of two with a finite number of resources that need to be allocated efficiently. With great wit, insight, and compelling stories from real-life couples, Szuchman and Anderson apply bedrock economic principles to some of the most common conflicts in domestic life. Some examples include: