If I Knew Then Advice on careers, finance, and life from Harvard Business School's Class of 1963

Paul Rosenbaum on Marriage & Family

The two most important decisions one makes in life are where you go to school and whom you choose to marry. All else follows from these choices. 

While there are several obvious traits to be sought in a spouse — mutual love, attractiveness, and intelligence — one overlooked but important quality is kindness. Marriage brings both shared happiness and challenges. Kindness allows both parties to understand and empathize with each other as they mutually solve the issues that enter their lives.

Another important element is religion. The couple-to-be should discuss in advance of marriage what religion they will observe and what religious practices they will maintain when they marry, and especially when they have children.

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