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WUHAN, CHINA - MARCH 26: (CHINA OUT) A couple hug in Jiangtan park after its re-opening on March 26, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. With the permission of the local government, the park will reopen gradually. Local media have reported that authorities could lift the lockdown in early April. (Photo by Getty Images)

Ohhhh, this is a good one!

Blaming your partner when things go wrong isn’t the best idea if you want to have a happy union, but one relationship coach says blaming someone else might be. In a TikTok video, Tara Blair Ball shares the way she and her husband avoid arguing by blaming small problems and mistakes on someone they call “Rick”…who happens to be imaginary. Yup – imaginary.

She explains that they use ‘Rick’ as a fall guy when something goes wrong…and says it’s been a game-changer for them. For example, if the laundry isn’t finished or a bill doesn’t get paid, they don’t get mad at each other, they throw Rick under the bus – and everyone’s happy. “Rick is our scapegoat,” Ball says. “But you know what’s great? We don’t scapegoat each other because of him.”

Using the made-up person reminds the couple that they’re on the same team and they should work together instead of turning on each other. It also helps them remember not to take those everyday inconveniences too seriously when they come up. “What this does is bring levity and humor to a relationship,” the relationship coach explains. “Which is what we all need, right?”

Source: Daily Mail