I like the sound of this trend:

The good news first: Betsey Stevenson, a professor of business and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania, predicts the rise of the “hedonic marriage,” in which people pair up based on “similar preferences and desires for balancing work, fun, and family.” It’s all about having shared goals, priorities and interests — all of which sounds pretty damn good, if you ask me. She explains, “This new model of marriage thrives when households have the resources to enjoy their lives. Not surprisingly then, marital happiness is much higher among the college-educated and divorce has fallen most sharply for them.”

Stephanie Coontz, author of “Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage,” suggests men will start to step it up more at home. “Today, more men than women report feeling work-family conflict, suggesting that men are internalizing an identity based on their ability to nurture, not just earn money,” she continues. “Conversely, most women now say that having a husband who is capable of intimacy and who shares housework and childcare is more important than having a partner who earns more money.”

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