The Makings of a Power Couple
Inspiration from our favorite super duos
Brad and Angelina. Barack and Michelle. Will and Kate. Besides being achingly beautiful to look at, these power couples have managed to score a real-life hat trick: a wildly successful career, a (seemingly) thriving relationship and a couple of kids thrown into the mix (or six if you’re the Jolie-Pitts.) Annoying? Kinda. Still want to know how they do it? Us, too.
Sure, it helps to have a bevy of nannies and personal assistants and money growing on trees. And while you may not be looking to take the White House this year, there is something you can learn from world’s most famous power couples. Here are a few habits of highly successful duos that even us simple folk can put into practice.
They Support Each Other’s Interests
Sheryl Sandberg famously wrote in Lean In, “Find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.” Case in point: Barack Obama’s ardent support of his wife’s projects. To back the launch of Let’s Move!--Michelle’s
They Have a Shared Sense of Humor
Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were voted the number one power couple in the world. Yes, the world. But it isn’t their royal status that got them there--it’s their humility. The couple shows time and time again that family comes first (hello, have you seen the Christmas card?), and Will was recently quoted saying, “I’m a new father and I take my duties and my responsibilities very seriously.” However, it’s the couple’s effortless banter that also delights. Whether they’re sharing a private joke in the royal box at Wimbledon or playfully competing with each other in an archery contest, laughter is clearly the glue for this high-profile couple.
They Over Communicate
In an interview with Elle magazine, Channing Tatum recently said, “I think communication and being brutally honest about the things that you want…Jenna [Dewan Tatum] and I have a trick we use to check in with each other. We say, ‘On a scale of one to ten, how much do you love me right now?’ It’s not as romantic as you think. Sometimes it’s like, ‘I love you at a six right now. I have an issue, and you asked. So now I’m going to tell you.’” Need your own clever way to check in? Try the Avocado app--a private way to message each other, sync calendars and even get alerts when the other’s phone is running low on battery (so you won’t feel like you’re being left in limbo).
They Exercise Together
According to a recent study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, exercising with a partner not only boosts quality time but can also double your workout performance. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband, Zachary Bogue, a venture capitalist and former lawyer, are known for running marathons together (they crushed the San Francisco half and also completed the Portland Marathon). Trying to hit a new PR this year? Maybe it’s time to enlist the S.O.
They Make It Their Mission to Give Back
It’s no surprise that along with a wealth of talent, power couples often amass a bit of actual wealth. But it’s what they do with it that speaks volumes about their bond. Take Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, for example. In a public letter to their daughter, Max, at the end of 2015, the couple announced that they would be giving 99 percent of their Facebook shares (a total of $45 billion) away to charity over the course of their child’s life. If that doesn’t scream relationship security, we don’t know what does.