6 Tips for a Happy Marriage

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happy-marriageBeing in a committed relationship takes hard work, dedication, and ability to start over each day. What works for one couple doesn’t necessarily work for another, but the basic principles are the same. Here are 6 tips for a happy marriage that you can apply today!

1. Effective Communication

This isn’t just listening to your partner talk. Effective communication involves active listening, which means you’re hearing what your partner is saying, understanding it, and re-wording what is being said so that you have a better understanding. It’s no secret that men and women communicate differently, which can make communication difficult. However, if you’re actively listening to what your partner is saying, asking questions if you don’t quite understand, and re-wording it so it makes more sense to you, you’re on the right track.

2. Always Start Over

Every day in a marriage is a chance to start over. While you may not forget yesterday quickly, today is a new opportunity to make things better. You wake up each day with a renewed commitment to make your marriage better than the day before. It’s also a renewed commitment to your partner to be a more loving, understanding, and forgiving spouse than the day before.

3. Share Your Vision

It’s important to be sure you’re both on the same page with your marriage. Share your thoughts, ideas, and feelings about your marriage so that your partner is aware. Take some time to sit down and really think about what you want in your relationship. Share these things with your partner and work together to create a marriage you both envision.

4. Support your partner’s goals

It’s important to support the goals of your partner because feeling supported can increase the love in a relationship. Find out what drives your partner, what is his/her passion, what makes him/her get up in the morning? Support that and help provide what you can so he/she can continue to pursue his/her passion.

5. Remember Good Intentions

Even the worst mistakes can start with good intentions. Marriage is always a work in progress, which means there’s no such thing as a perfect marriage. Try to change the way you look at things. For instance, instead of seeing a disagreement as a problem, look at it as an opportunity to grow as a couple, and as an individual, and make your relationship better and stronger.

6. Stay Curious

With the stresses life throw at us daily, many of us often find ourselves in a rut. Between the kids, the house, work, and whatever else you have going on, it’s easy to put your marriage on the back burner. But, it’s important to make a conscious effort each day to make time for your spouse. Set aside an hour, after the kids are in bed, to just chat about each other’s day. Never stop learning about your partner. Always look for the good in your spouse and appreciate it.

A happy marriage takes work, determination, commitment, and dedication. These tips will help guide you to a happier marriage, as long as both you and your spouse are willing. Remember, marriage is always a work in progress.

Take care,
Dr. Nicole

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