The rates of divorce are on the rise as more people are unable to keep happy marriages. An unhappy marriage often leads to depression and a happy one acts as a bulwark against stress. Here are six tips for a happy marriage.
APPRECIATE YOUR DIFFERENCES
Couples should accommodate their differences in order for their marriages to succeed.Values and perception will differ at least by a little as no two individuals are the same. However, keeping an open mind that is prepared to accommodate these differences is critical.
No relationship strives without trust. Couples must trust themselves 100% for their marriages to be happy and successful.
Couples should build trust by always being honest and truthful to each other. Trust affects our emotions, judgments and ability to love our spouses.
Trust is the foundation of a blissful marriage.
Couples should make deliberate effort to respect each other because lack of mutual respect quite often crashes marriages. No one should be taken for granted for any reason.
Couples should always pay full attention to each other and both of their opinions should always be considered.
SPEND TIME OUT
Couples should find time to do things together. Go to the gym, go for walks, go shopping or even the movies together.
Performing mutually enjoyable tasks increases the bond between the couples and therefore strengthens marriages. There is no substitute for spending quality time together.
MAKE PLANS TOGETHER
Planning the future of marriages is the collective responsibility couples.
Therefore couples should endeavor to align their individual goals and plans together which will often result in setting new collective goals. Doing this helps build trust and is also an indicator of mutual respect.
Every relationship strives on effective communication.
Couples should endeavor to be good listeners by seeking first to understand before being understood. They should also express themselves clearly and assertively to themselves.
Couples should not keep secrets from each other.
Successful marriages do not happen by chance, couples must have a good understanding of what it takes and make a deliberate effort to make it work.
Author: Aguolu Kenechukwu an Abuja based motivational speaker