A beautifully written and important essay on a point everyone needs to understand.

The "happily ever after" trope belongs to fairy tales. Long-term relationships--with or without rings--are hard work, and sustaining them requires a skillset none of us are born with. Strong and happy partnerships can fall apart under the stress of parenting, careers, and changing circumstances.

Success is a connection, a lasting friendship based on mutual respect and trust and pleasure in each other's company. That's the launching pad for all the rest.

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