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Psychology Today: How to Make Differences Work for a Relationship

There is no question people believe that having things in common can lead to a strong marriage. The evidence supports it, too.


But what if those shared interests fade for one or both partners, or if, in fact, you don’t really like that many of the same things in the first place? Can you still build a strong foundation and share a lasting relationship?


According to actor Bill Pullman, the secret to a happy marriage is "putting our hands in the dirt; it’s parallel play of digging and planting.” In other words, he and his wife can do their own activity while being together. "It's helped us keep in tune with each other,” he says. For them, a successful marriage seems to be about embracing their common ground. But if you don’t have that, how can you maintain a supportive connection? Read Full Article