Settling for Mr. Good Enough

Marry Him! by Lori Gottlieb
The Atlantic, March 2008

My advice is this: Settle! That’s right. Don’t worry about passion or intense connection. Don’t nix a guy based on his annoying habit of yelling “Bravo!” in movie theaters. Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics. Because if you want to have the infrastructure in place to have a family, settling is the way to go. Based on my observations, in fact, settling will probably make you happier in the long run, since many of those who marry with great expectations become more disillusioned with each passing year.

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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