Society often tells us that discussions involving religion, politics, sex and money should be avoided at all costs when engaging in polite conversations. But when it comes to matters of the heart, some pleasantries should be left at the door.
In a brand new episode of “According To Him + Her,” we’re tackling Rule 97— “No romance without finance”— and exploring whether or not love can last when funds are low. We’d be naive to believe that money doesn't play a role in our happiness in relationships (or potential relationships), thus making it a relevant topic of discussion.
Skeptical? Consider this.
In 2010, Princeton University researchers put a $75,000 price tag on happiness, suggesting that a certain amount of wealth relieves financial stress and its associated hardship(s). While money isn’t the end all, be all to living a fulfilled life, it can provide a sense of security and put a mind at ease. Relationships are already a hell of a ride, and the burden of an empty bank account and/or no income doesn’t help.
This is not to say a romance can’t flourish without money, but the question becomes: how long? If your partner suddenly loses his/her job, you’re likely to stay around for a while out of love and support. Marriage aside (that’s a whole other topic), a relationship is bound to take a hit when finances are one-sided. Picking up the tab at dinner or loaning out a few dollars here and there loses its luster as the weeks and months roll by.
There’s no timetable on how long someone should stay in a relationship that’s enduring a financial hardship, it’s up to those two individuals. But if empty pockets and handouts persist, you can bet love will get lost somewhere down the road.
Unless, of course, you're down with always footing the bill. In that case, have at it.
Agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments section!