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Art & Soul - The Art of Well Being: The All-Or-Nothing Marriage

Sep 21, 2017

Credit Eli Finkel

Marriage through the centuries has been an evolving process.  In this week's Art and Soul: The Art of Well Being, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry speaks to a renowned relationship expert, professor, and author Eli Finkel about his new book, The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work.


Finkel speaks on the major changes that have occurred over the years in the concept of marriage and how some marriages have actually improved.

One of the biggest changes, according to Finkel, is the reason that people marry.

Eli J. Finkel, the author of "The All-Or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work."
Credit Eli Finkel

Finkel also added that “the best marriages are better than ever before, but the average marriage is getting a little worse,” and explains why this is the case.

He also speaks about some the best tips in his book for surviving a marriage in modern times and making an average marriage better.  The conversation covers the questions of just how fulfilled do we have a right to be in a marriage and how lowering your expectations can help.

His suggestions include a lot of simple ones, such as investing more in the relationship, planning together time, and date nights.

Eli Finkel is the director of Northwestern University’s Relationship and Motivation Lab.

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