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Summer 2016

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Peter & Carri Ward > aren't really a TV-watching couple. When they spend time together, they're at their boys' lacrosse or wrestling events, skiing for the second time that week, or hiking with their young Ger- man shorthaired pointer through the mountains. Q: Why are these hobbies so important to your relationship? CW: It gives us something to have in com- mon. With him working and me at home, we have totally different responsibilities. We don't share a lot of the same anything in those aspects, but when we go out and do something together, we can create new interests that we have in common. PW: It's a chance to be together. Life is so busy that you can very easily become just a partner to the person with whom you're raising a family. When we recreate together, we continue to get to know each other. CW: We have to continue to build our rela- tionship, or it can go stagnant. By Kasee Bailey PhotograPhy By Bradley slade P articipating in recreational activities is a powerful indicator of how satisfied couples are with their marriages, accord- ing to a study authored by three Marriott School professors. The findings, published in the Journal of Leisure Research, also revealed that the amount of time partners spend together isn't as important as what they're doing. In fact, everyday activities— like watching Netflix, walking the dog, or cooking together—contrib- ute more to marital bliss than the occasional tropical getaway. So do Peter Ward, Neil Lundberg, and Ramon Zabriskie practice what the research preaches? We interviewed all three professors— and their spouses—to find out. Couples that play together stay together Peter & Carri Ward > 10 MARRIOTT

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