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Tips For A Happy Marriage
 by: Marlene Challis




In January 2006, I will be married to my husband for 29 years. I knew him for 2 years before that.

Marriage is a sacred vow to love your partner for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, till Ö well you know the rest. But for many people, the pressures, challenges, and monotony of married life has shrouded its wonderful positive aspects.

Great marriages donít just happen. You have to do something to make it last. Improve your marriage now. Remember that improvement is not a one-time event. Itís a process, so better start now.

Being happy starts within you. If you canít be happy with yourself, then thereís no chance that youíll be happy with someone else.

Be the best that you can be to your spouse.

The Qualities of a Successful Marriage

Love

Love is the most essential component in a relationship. It is the powerful force that binds two unique individuals together. A relationship will not start without love.

Support

Being a supportive spouse can be both a rewarding and a difficult role in a relationship. The most important aspect is being a loving presence always in your spouseís life. Being supportive means strengthening the partner. You bear the weight. It is quite a responsibility for any one to take on. The sense of responsibility grows deeper when your spouse faces certain problems. To avoid conflict, respect your spouseís personal decisions. Show that you have faith in your mate. Be the shoulder to lean on. Work together to maintain balance in your life together. Donít be threatened by your spouseís accomplishments. Be proud of your spouseís achievements. If you want to help your spouse to recover from a difficult situation, donít try to solve it on your own.

Tolerance

The meanings of tolerance in the dictionary are:

1. The power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions.

2. A disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior.

3. The act of tolerating something.

4. Willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others.

5. A permissible difference; allowing freedom to move within limits.

The given meaning has only one denominator. Patience. Without it, the word tolerance is nothing.

Always remember that it pays to be patient. As the saying goes, patience is a virtue.

Communication

All arguments can be solved through proper communication. If your partner annoys you for things he or she has done consciously or unconsciously, approach your spouse. Talk to each other. Explain that you are offended by that act. Remember that he or she canít read minds. Donít try to keep it inside. It will corrupt you. The annoyance will grow in your heart. Donít wait for it to burst one day. As early as possible discuss the problem with your spouse. If a certain thing bothers you, tell it straight to your spouse. It doesnít hurt to be straightforward. It is just a choice of words on how you will express yourself.

Realistic Expectations

Donít expect too much from your spouse. They are also humans bound to commit mistakes.

Caring

Show your spouse that youíre concerned. During lunch, ask him or her if he or she has already eaten. Small simple things can mean a lot to them. Take time to notice your spouse. Say I love you everyday.

Nurturing

Grow with each other. Nurture intimacy. Live together and raise your children.

Sense of Humor

Laugh together. Have fun together. It is healthy to stretch out those lazy lips. Donít be too serious. Pressures of life? Donít let it weigh you down. Uplift your spirits high. Donít take things too seriously. Stop trying to be perfect because no person is. Always put on a happy face! Smile immensely. It can really change the way you and other people feel. Happiness is a choice, so donít choose to frown. A wrinkle on the face is ugly.

Smiling is considered as one of the fountains of youth. Smile wide. Make the world a brighter place to live in. Donít forget to laugh and joke around. Be kind and smile at everyone, especially your spouse. If tensions start to grow, smile at him or her.

Laugh out loud. Itís the best medicine in town. Heal your body, mind and soul. Fill your life with laughter so that you wonít have much room left for negative emotions.

Commitment

A happy couple in a happy marriage develops bonding rituals. These become the pillars that hold up the marriage. Show your dedication every day.

Respect

Appreciate each otherís eccentricities and differences, especially as woman and man. Learn to be happily different. Learn to give and take. Practice kindness and politeness with each other in at least 95 percent of your interactions.

Know how to handle conflict

Donít make things worse by not talking to each other. Look into your spouseís eye when asking him or her. Donít delay the conversation for quite a long time. This will only make the conflict worse.

Solve problems together

Resolve arguments rather than letting things fester. Speak up. It will not aggravate the situation.

Interdependence

Learn to reciprocate.

Enjoy one another

Focus on enjoying life. Live a carefree life. Think that your spouse is the one that really matters in this world. Do things together. Excite your relationship by finding new ways to enjoy each other.

Have fun together

Play in the rain together. Isnít it great to be a child once in a while? Run like a madman while you chase each other in the rain.

If you would like to learn more, you can visit http://www.self-help-motivation-source.com/marriagesecrets.html

About The Author

Marlene Challis is founder and CEO of Mc Internet Marketing. She has several business branches and websites. She can be contacted through the website, www.self-help-motivation-source.com. Feel free to republish this article provided you do not edit it in any way and include the author bio as well.

This article was posted on November 10, 2005

 


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