Cape Town - Having money is a lot like being in a relationship: When things go well, every day seems filled with happiness, but when it goes wrong, life gets miserable, Old Mutual points out.
"Your relationship with your money affects those around you, in a good or a bad way. If your money is a source of stress you probably pass that stress on to your loved ones," Old Mutual cautioned in a statement.
In the same way, a healthy relationship with your money will contribute to healthy relationships with those you care about. There’s even an illness - Money Sickness Syndrome (MSS) - caused by the financial worries and all the symptoms of anxiety and depression that go with that.
Divorce rates climb in January, for instance, and there’s some evidence that other kinds of relationships are also more likely to have a rocky patch early in the New Year.
Old Mutual offers some tips to save your relationship with your money: