A strong and thriving marriage is built on a foundation of love, trust, and mutual support. While every marriage is unique, there are essential principles that can help keep the bond between spouses strong and vibrant.
In this article, we’ll explore ten key aspects of a happy and healthy marriage that can guide couples toward a lifetime of love and happiness.
Avoid Arguing About Money
Financial disagreements can be a major source of tension in a marriage, especially if one spouse is a spender and the other is a saver. Another financial conflict can be if there are different short and long term financial goals.
To keep your relationship healthy, establish clear financial goals and budget together. Be transparent about your financial expectations and work as a team to achieve them. Open and honest communication about money is crucial.
When couples are having conflict about money and finances, it can cause a negative impact on the emotional and physical intimacy in the relationship. Here is a great article on how debt and finances impact your intimacy.
Be Open with Your Thoughts and Feelings
Effective communication is at the heart of any successful marriage. Share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns with your spouse openly and honestly. Encourage your spouse to do the same. Being vulnerable and receptive to each other’s emotions fosters a deeper connection.
Building on the previous point, good communication is vital. Listen actively when your spouse speaks, and avoid interrupting or becoming defensive. Use “I” statements to express your feelings, needs, and concerns, which can lead to more constructive conversations.
Remember almost any issue in marriage can be resolved with good communication. Sometimes it is hard to talk about things but your marriage can’t thrive without doing so.
Resolve Conflict Together
Conflicts are inevitable in any relationship, but it’s how you handle them that matters. Approach disagreements as opportunities for growth rather than as battles to win. Work together to find compromises and solutions that are mutually satisfying.
We recently did an amazing podcast with a divorce attorney who also helps marriages. She offers some of the best advice on conflict resolution we have ever heard. Check out the podcast: 111. The Podcast Episode That Will Transform Your Marriage!
Prioritize Emotional and Sexual Intimacy
Emotional and sexual intimacy are cornerstones of a happy marriage. Dedicate time to connect on an emotional level through shared experiences, affection, and quality time together. Keep the spark alive in the bedroom by exploring each other’s desires and maintaining open communication about your sexual needs.
We polled a ton of couples and 92% of both men and women stated that sexual intimacy plays an important role in the happiness in their marriage! Couples need to make the time for, and prioritize intimacy in their marriage.
Put Each Other First
In a healthy marriage, partners prioritize each other’s happiness and well-being. Show your love and appreciation through small gestures of kindness and affection. Consider your spouse’s needs and desires when making decisions that affect your relationship.
Couples who are the most happy in their marriages put their relationship above everything else.. including their kids. That doesn’t mean they neglect their kids, of course parents are going to take care of the needs of their kids, but couples do need to carve out time each day to focus on “their” relationship.
Set Goals Together
Setting and working toward shared goals can strengthen your bond as a couple. Whether it’s saving for a dream vacation, pursuing a common hobby, or planning for the future, working together towards common objectives can create a sense of unity and purpose.
We posted a blog article titled: Why Every Married Couple Should Make A Vision/Goal Board. This is a great way to set and accomplish goals together.
Always Be Honest
Trust is the cornerstone of any happy marriage, and honesty is its building block. Be truthful with your spouse, even when discussing difficult topics. Trust is easily eroded by deception, so make honesty a non-negotiable part of your relationship.
Incorporate Fun into Your Marriage
Laughter and fun are essential components of a thriving marriage. Make time for activities you both enjoy, go on adventures, and create cherished memories together. Keep the sense of playfulness alive in your relationship.
Incorporating fun also includes in the bedroom. You should check out the amazing Ultimate Intimacy App! We designed the app to help couples experience intimacy and love making in a very fun and exciting way. Best of all, it’s free to download so what are you waiting for!
Support Each Other
Lastly, but certainly not least, support each other in all aspects of life. Celebrate each other’s successes, provide comfort during tough times, and offer unwavering encouragement. Knowing you have each other’s backs builds a strong sense of security within the marriage.
In conclusion, a happy and healthy marriage requires effort, commitment, and ongoing communication. By avoiding financial disputes, fostering open communication, resolving conflicts, prioritizing intimacy, putting each other first, setting goals together, remaining honest, having fun, and offering unwavering support, you can create a loving and lasting partnership. Remember, marriage is a journey, and with these keys, you can navigate it together with love and happiness as your constant companions.