Although the number of Massachusetts families in which wives are the main breadwinners is still fairly small, it's a steadily growing trend: In 1980, only 13 percent of married women earned more than or about as much as their husbands. By 2000, that figure had almost doubled, rising to 25 percent. Since then, the rise has been slower but is still on an uptick. In 2017, 28 percent of women made more money than their husbands or co-habitating partners.
It's official: hugs are good for you, physically and emotionally. Recent scientific research has found that getting your full cuddle quota every day has significant benefits, including a healthy heart rate, a sense of calm, better sleep and more energy.
Maybe you feel like your Massachusetts partner has overreacted to something, or they're taking something a bit more seriously than you think they should. Trying to diffuse the situation, you turn to them and say "You're so sensitive." Those three little words are offensive and, if not monitored, can be toxic to a relationship. Saying them or such phrases as "Don't be ridiculous" or "You don't know what you're saying," makes it seem like you reject and invalidate your partner's feelings. They communicate that you don't care about them or what they think and, if not worked at, can ruin a marriage.
The concept of a loveless Massachusetts marriage sounds terrifying, conjuring images of two people who are forced to live out their years together in spite of the obvious contempt they hold for each other. Like those depictions of rich couples in cartoons who sit at opposite ends of a very long table and only speak to one another with the ring of a butler's bell. But the truth is almost more sinister and more devastating.
What is being happy in a Massachusetts marriage? It's an often-said desire, achieved by some, but for many couples, it feels like an endless struggle, and people are left to wonder what's wrong with their situation. But rather than a missed opportunity, maybe the problem is the wrong approach. As noted psychiatrists say, "Marriage isn't supposed to make you happy. It's supposed to make you married."
During and after divorce in Massachusetts your children may be hyper-sensitive about many things. What may have formerly been routine conversations, questions or activities can now be touchy subjects fraught with anxiety, resentment or anger. This is understandable when you consider that the stability of the world they knew has been dramatically altered.
If you have a happy Massachusetts marriage, "'til death do us part" may be a long ways off.