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Patton Oswalt: Grief Over My Wife's Death 'Is an Ambush'

Comedian offers heartbreaking glimpse into life after wife's sudden death: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Patton Oswalt says the April day his wife, Michelle McNamara, died was the second worst day of his life. The worst? "When I told my daughter the next day." Now, six months after McNamara's death, the comedian offers a devastatingly honest glimpse to the New York Times ... More »

This Might Be Key Ingredient to a Happy Marriage

Gratitude can disrupt the common demand-withdraw cycle in relationships

(Newser) - The key to a happy and lasting marriage might be as simple as regularly expressing gratitude. So report researchers from the University of Georgia in a new study published in the journal Personal Relationships . After interviewing 468 married individuals on relationship satisfaction, covering everything from communication habits to finances, they... More »

Successful at Work? Thank Your Partner

Researchers find that conscientious spouses do wonders for one's career

(Newser) - Who wouldn't love a partner willing to take on extra chores and errands? It turns out that a conscientious spouse isn't just good for household management and harmony, but for one's success at work, too, according to research out of Washington University. While one's own personality... More »

Couples Who Smoke Pot Together Stay ... Chill

Researchers say it's especially true when both spouses partake

(Newser) - It isn't called a peace pipe for nothing. New research backs up what most people would have probably guessed—that married couples who smoke pot tend to be less violent than those who don't, and that this is especially true when both partners toke up. In a study... More »

For Older Women, Daughter —Not Husband—Is No. 1

Research finds that focus shifts as women age

(Newser) - As women age, they tend to replace their husbands—with their daughters. A new study finds that when women hit their 40s, their closest confidant shifts from their spouse to a woman about 25 years younger—presumably a daughter. Researchers analyzed almost 2 billion cell phone calls and 489 million... More »

Ignore Candidates' Spouses

You have no way of knowing what their marriage is like: Frank Bruni

(Newser) - Ann Romney has been out on the campaign trail recently, attempting to deflate any flip-flopper accusations directed her husband's way. "You want constancy? They’ve been married since the Mesozoic era," quips Frank Bruni of the New York Times . But he’s not impressed. The candidate’s... More »

'Stepford Wife'? I'm Just Shy

Cindy McCain on the job of political spouse

(Newser) - When Cindy McCain married John, she expected to have a long life as a Navy wife; instead, her husband entered politics. “Back then, the political spouse was just a supportive role. I was expected to go to dinners, barbecues, rodeos, picnics, and not say too much,” she writes... More »

Husband Dies Trying to Revive Wife With CPR

Both apparently suffered fatal heart attacks

(Newser) - A sad and unusual story out of Washington state: A 61-year-old man called 911 to say that his wife was having a heart attack and that he was starting CPR. The phone then went silent. When paramedics arrived and broke into the house, they found the husband slumped over his... More »

French Law Makes Insulting Spouse a Crime

'Psychological violence' becomes a criminal offense

(Newser) - Repeatedly insult your husband or wife, and France could lock you up for up to three years under its new law aimed at tackling psychological violence. The law's supporters note that "mental violence" like insults or threats is the cause of most of the calls to abuse helplines. Critics,... More »

Younger Husband Shortens Wife's Life

Danish study defies expectations

(Newser) - Having a young husband can reduce a woman's life expectancy, a new study says. Marriage stats have long shown that men with younger wives tend to live longer. Researchers had assumed the same held true for women—but a study of 2 million Danish couples showed otherwise, Science Daily reports.... More »

Spouse's Dementia Increases Your Risk

Married caregivers more likely to develop it, says study

(Newser) - Having a spouse with dementia may put you at great risk for developing it yourself. Partners of people with dementia are six times more likely to suffer mental deterioration, with husbands at greater risk than wives, the Independent reports. The findings come from an analysis of 1,221 married couples... More »

What Price Love? $63.34 on Valentine's Day

Spending on spouses or partners is expected to drop

(Newser) - The recession hath made its mark on love, as an industry group expects Valentine’s Day spending to fall by about 6% this year compared to last. The National Retail Federation estimates someone in a relationship will spend $63.34 this year on their spouse or significant other, a drop... More »

Michelle, First Ladies to Swing By Pa. Farm, Museum

G20 spouses will have dinner on Teresa Heinz Kerry's Pennsylvania farm

(Newser) - In her first outing as an international hostess, Michelle Obama is welcoming the spouses of world leaders to Pittsburgh today with a program covering some of her own interests: art and architecture, arts education, sustainable farming, and locally grown food. The first lady and her guests will have dinner tonight... More »

China Recruits Astronauts: Bad-Breathed Need Not Apply

'Super human beings' must meet 100 criteria

(Newser) - China’s looking for astronauts for its new space program, but getting the job won’t be easy: Applicants must conform to some 100 specs, including a ban on bad breath, the BBC reports. “Bad body odor will affect fellow colleagues in the narrow confines of a space shuttle,... More »

Jenny Sanford a Model for the Betrayed

Guv's wife 'neither enabler nor victim'

(Newser) - Jenny Sanford is showing the world “a new and improved version of the betrayed political spouse—neither enabler nor victim,” writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post. She’s not taking the stand-by-the-cheater for the cameras approach; she hasn’t released a “supportive” and “euphemistic” statement.... More »

This Woman May Take Down Ahmadinejad

Wife of reformist candidate strikes a blow in Iran

(Newser) - Tomorrow Iran goes to the polls in a critical presidential election that could see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tossed out of office. As Der Spiegel reports, Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister with a reputation for clean governance, is riding a wave of support—thanks in part to his wife, a... More »

Signs He's Your Work Spouse

Looking at those platonic office relationships that mirror married life

(Newser) - Everyone has friends in the office, but not everyone has a work spouse—a fellow worker of the opposite sex with whom one has a close, platonic relationship. According to Vault.com, 23% of workers say they have a work spouse. CNN collects signs that you might have one, too:... More »

Contract Told Guy What to Say, Do

To get him in line, Madge would say, 'Contract, Guy, contract'

(Newser) - After a 2006 marriage-counseling session, Madonna pinned up a contract instructing Guy Ritchie to “enrich his wife's emotional and spiritual well-being” and defining what words he could use during fights, sources tell the Sun. If Ritchie shouted, fell behind on Kabbalah reading, or used “sex as a stick... More »

Pelosi's PAC Paid Husband's Firm $99K for Work

Transaction legal, but would have been banned by bill Dem Speaker supported

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi paid her husband’s company $99,000 through her political action committee during the past 9 years, the Washington Times reports. Payments to Paul Pelosi’s Financial Leasing Services are routine fees for accounting and office-space rent payments, but would have been illegal under a bill Pelosi supported... More »

Single Men Close Health Gap With Married Peers

Advantages shrinking, say researchers

(Newser) - Married people are still healthier, on average, than their unmarried peers, but longtime bachelors are closing the gap between them and their married counterparts, HealthDay reports. Researchers who examined 32 years of data found that the self-reported health of never-married men has increased markedly in that time. Women's health also... More »

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