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Olive’s are just one of those foods that people either like or dislike. There is no middle ground for olives. I cannot stand the taste, therefore a martini is totally off the table…I suppose James Bond would be a good match for me seeing how he enjoys a good shaken martini. But, I digress, the point is there is a theory out there that a perfect couple is made up of two people: one that favors olives and one that does not. Crazy or genius?

“If one person loves olives and the other hates them, you have perfect balance. Thus, the relationship will prosper.” — Jackie Seltzer, blogger

Just like anything in a relationship, it all comes down to compromise. Although the idea of the olive theory may seem childish it is moreso a metaphor that one person will let you have one thing so you can be happy or vice versa. It is the same with “the shower theory” or “the spoon theory.” In the shower theory, one person prefers to shower in the morning and one person prefers to shower in the evening. Taking turns negates the need to fight over a shower slot. There will be no need to fight or feel resentment towards your partner because it is a non-issue.

The Olive Theory became popular thanks to the hit sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” Marshall and Lily are an idyllic couple and one favors olives and the other does not (and this is why they work). Clearly they are just a great couple and the theory is just a fun game because Marshall confesses he actually likes olives which would nullify the theory. So whether you like olives or not, whether you shower at night or not, and whether you are big spoon or little spoon, I hope you find a happy compromise between you and your partner to create a match for the long haul.

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