Marriage is a wonderful thing, but it also takes hard work if you want it to succeed. Below are four ingredients for maintaining a successful marriage
1.Communication: Holding things in can really hurt your relationship, so talk frequently and honestly to each other about everything.This includes your frustrations, sex, anger, disappointment, your appreciation of each other, the meaning of life – nothing should be off limits. “Learn to listen and communicate instead of fighting. Fighting is childish, and you want a grown-up relationship.”
2. Working as a team: Strive to work together to solve anything that comes up, rather than getting stuck on who’s right or wrong, explains. When you build a successful working partnership, each of you will feel supported and respected by the other.
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3. Connecting on many levels: Keep your connection going through several avenues: communication, sex, affection, understanding and concern for each other. Being able to connect on multiple levels brings you closer and maintains intimacy.
4. Positivity: Focus on the good things to help maintain a healthy marriage. Have a sense of humor (rather than taking yourself too seriously), give your partner the benefit of the doubt, care about each other and store up plenty of good times in your relationship reservoir to draw on in the hard times.