How I Make My Marriage Work
Six Women Share Unexpected Secrets To Wedded Bliss
"I have a male best friend."
When a husband and wife have jobs that require extended amounts of travel, they can lose the intimacy and companionship that comes from everyday contact. Jennifer Diliberto*, 54, found a way to make up for it: Eight years ago, she met Jim, a man in the same business circles, whose travel path often crosses with hers. "At first, I saw him as just a business colleague," she says. "And then I realized how much fun he was, and that I really liked being around him."
Over the years, a platonic bond formed, and the two found themselves enjoying each other's company—professionally and personally. "We stay in touch over email and Skype, and when we travel to the same place, we have dinner or go hiking or for a bike ride," she says. "I love my husband … [but he] isn't super-engaged with me. Work is definitely his priority, and that's OK—I knew who he was when I married him. I love him very much, but there's definitely that part of our relationship that's lacking." Her friendship with Jim helps satisfy her need for companionship and, rather than come between she and her husband—who knows about and supports the friendship—it helps keep their marriage strong. "Spending time with Jim makes me a happier woman and a better wife," she says.
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