Can the 80/20 Approach Create A Marriage That Lasts?

March 16, 2017


 40% to 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, so you have an almost have a 50/50 chance of your marriage falling apart.  So how can you work to improve those odds?  Perhaps you and your partner should adopt an 80/20 approach.  Many experts apply the 80/20 rules when it comes to food, money and productivity, so why not to a marriage.  The theory work like this, devote 80% of your efforts into your marriage and leave 20% for yourself.  Divorce rates are highest among couple who marry early in life and a common reason for many break ups is the other person has changed.  But the 80/20 rules can apply to older couples as well.  As life expectancy rises, the length of a marriage is increasing too.  So by allowing yourself 20% of your life to activities outside of your marriage, such as a trip, social group or any individual activity without the pressure to check in with your spouse.  This pressure value not only can help bring balance to your life and marriage but the "absence makes the heart fonder" theory really plays into it!


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