Rich Habits for Married Couples

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In my Rich Habits Study, 87% of the wealthy indicated that they were happily married. Conversely, 53% of poor people said they were not happily married. I found this disparity interesting because I was conditioned by the media and the culture of poverty to believe wealthy individuals were evil and cheated on their spouses. Boy, was I wrong.

In fact, I found the exact opposite to be true. The rich people in my study were more faithful to each other and more committed to each other than poor people. I now know why. The pursuit of any dream or of success is a painful process. It is very much like going to war. Soldiers who fight together to defeat the enemy forge a bond that often lasts a lifetime. In a similar way, spouses who survive the pain and anguish that is always associated with the pursuit of dreams or of success, are made stronger by it.

From my research, I discovered some powerful Rich Habits that these married success warriors had, which not only held their marriage together during the years of struggle, but which also enabled them to thrive as a couple. I thought these Rich Habits might be of some benefit for those contemplating marriage, for newlyweds and for those well into their married years. Let’s begin.

Rich Habit #1: We will stay faithful to each other and never cheat on one another

Rich Habit #2: We will never physically abuse each other

Rich Habit #3: We will never verbally abuse each other

Rich Habit #4: We will manage our money as one

Rich Habit #5: We will never spend money frivolously or spontaneously

Rich Habit #6: We will jointly participate in at least one extracurricular activity or hobby on a regular basis

Rich Habit #7: We will never lie to each other

Rich Habit #8: We will control our negative emotions and avoid emotional outbursts

Rich Habit #9: We will devote all of our available non-work time to our family and to each other

Rich Habit #10: We will jointly make decisions. No spouse has the final say

Rich Habits #11: We will both block off time to attend the activities of our children

Rich Habits #12: We will have family dinner together at least two times a week

Rich Habits #13: We will save 10%-20% of our annual income

Rich Habits #14: We will take good care of our health by exercising regularly and eating healthy food

Rich Habit #15: We will encourage and support each other every day


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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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