Why Too Much Togetherness Can Ruin Retirement

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Many couples look forward to spending more time together when they retire. But can too much togetherness have a downside? Author Maryanne Vandervelde suggests that “parallel play,” or two people experiencing different things at the same time, may actually lead to the most happiness.

Parallel play helps to ensure that both partners have the freedom to do what they want to and still stay involved with one another, which also gives them more to share during dinner conversations.

Challenging yourself can boost confidence and make you a stronger partner. Spending time apart often helps partners to appreciate and enjoy one another even more when they are together.

The Wall Street Journal, 9/8/13

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