Why police are drawn to bankers and why teachers marry teachers

Why police are drawn to bankers and why teachers marry teachers

This Valentine's Day, skip the flowers and the chocolates.

Instead, if you want a better shot at true, lasting love, learn to control your spending and be sure you've chosen a career that's a perfect match.

Psychologists advise those looking to improve their love life to examine how their career choices and spending philosophy impact their relationships. Couples know money is often the root of arguments, but they're still caught off guard when it comes to matchmaking their finances and career choices with their perfect mate.

But it turns out that decisions you take in two of the biggest parts of your life can play a huge role in helping you build a happy long-term relationship.

"In some instances, a financial betrayal can be the same as an affair," said Fran Davis, a psychologist and career counsellor who works with Harvard Business School students and alumni.

Here's a look at five new strategies for making career and financial decisions that will boost your love life:

Avoid the perfect career match

It might seem as if being in a relationship with someone on exactly the same career path is ideal. After all, you'll have so much more to talk about with your partner and some common career goals.

That's all great during the early, loved-up phase but can backfire spectacularly in the long-term. Couples in the same profession - even if they aren't directly competitive with one another at work - are more likely to drift apart primarily because they stop pursuing common interests in their leisure time. After all, they've already got the biggest thing in their lives - work - in common.

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