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One of the beautiful upsides of having a significant other—particularly one with whom you live—is that, when you’re having a bad day, and you’re full of bad energy, you can just borrow some of their good energy. Your partner is there to lift you up when you’re down, and you’re there to lift him up when he’s down. Between the two of you, on most days, at least one of you will have the emotional strength to cheer the whole pair up. But one of the cunnundrums every couple has faced is that rare day when you both had terrible days. You come home, ready to collapse into your partner’s arms, assuming he can fix everything, only to find that he needs you for the same thing. If you don’t act fast, two pissed off people in the same house can be a recipe for a disaster. Here is how to rally when you’ve both had a bad day.


Order delivery/make something easy

If you both have no mental energy left, then gift yourselves the favor of not doing that one thing you both dread doing—like making dinner. When everyone feels like they’re going to have a meltdown if they have to do one more task, that’s a time you’re allowed to order delivery. Or, send the laundry out to a service rather than do it yourself.

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