Marriage is a journey filled with various experiences and emotions that couples navigate together. From the highs to the lows, the smooth moments to the challenges, a successful marriage is built on understanding, compromise, and a willingness to work through differences.
In this blog article, we’ll explore ten normal and healthy aspects of a strong marriage, shedding light on the realities that couples often face and emphasizing the importance of embracing them.
Also check out our podcast episode 10 Things We Need To Start Normalizing In Our Marriages
Needing Space: Every individual requires personal space and time for themselves. It’s completely normal for spouses to enjoy their individual pursuits, hobbies, and interests. Encouraging one another to have some time apart can actually enhance the bond by allowing each person to maintain their individuality while strengthening the partnership.
Having Disagreements: Disagreements are a natural part of any relationship, and a healthy marriage involves acknowledging differing viewpoints. It’s not about avoiding conflict but learning how to handle disagreements in a respectful and constructive manner. These moments provide opportunities for growth, compromise, and better understanding.
Check out this amazing podcast episode on conflict resolution titled: 111. The Podcast Episode That Will Transform Your Marriage!
This has to be one of the best podcast episodes we have done, with information applicable to every relationship. In this episode Nick and Amy interview Tamara Fackrell (she is a divorce attorney, author and has a PHD in marriage and family relationships). Yes, you heard that correctly, a divorce attorney that is fighting to help couples not only survive, but thrive in marriage!
In this episode Tamara shares 10 things that can help with conflict resolution. The steps she provides are so simple and easy to understand, and are things that couples can do to transform their marriage quickly and keep them thriving in their relationship.
Trust us, this will be an episode that could be a game changer in your marriage… even if you already have a good marriage 🙂 Now moving on..
Making Mistakes and Apologizing: No one is perfect, and acknowledging mistakes is an essential aspect of a healthy marriage. Apologizing for errors, big or small, shows humility, respect, and a commitment to bettering the relationship. It fosters an environment of openness and understanding.
Adjusting to Change: Change is inevitable in life and marriage. Couples must learn to adapt and support each other during various life transitions, whether it’s a new job, a move, health challenges, or any unexpected shifts. Being each other’s pillar of support during these times strengthens the partnership.
Setting Boundaries: Healthy boundaries are crucial in maintaining a strong marriage. Boundaries can be about personal space, time, communication, and interactions with others. Establishing clear boundaries ensures that both partners feel respected, valued, and secure within the relationship.
Find out why boundaries are the secret to building a happy marriage HERE
Engaging in Difficult Conversations: Addressing tough topics is necessary for growth and understanding within a marriage. Discussing subjects such as finances, sex, parenting, and other sensitive matters may be uncomfortable but ultimately helps build trust, intimacy, and a deeper connection.
We talk constantly about how important communication is in marriage. This is the “key” to a happy and successful marriage.
Maintaining Emotional (and physical) Intimacy: Emotional intimacy requires continuous effort. Partners must actively engage in deep conversations, share their feelings, and express vulnerability. Recognizing that emotional intimacy naturally ebbs and flows and actively working to nurture it can lead to a more fulfilling marriage.
You can’t have a good marriage without both emotional and physical intimacy. They go hand in hand. You may also enjoy this great podcast titled “Is Sex A Thermometer That Can Gauge The Temperature Of Your Marriage?”
Having Needs Met Outside the Relationship: While marriage is a significant source of emotional support, it’s unrealistic to expect one person to fulfill all needs. Cultivating relationships outside the marriage—such as friendships, family connections, or hobbies—contributes to individual growth and personal fulfillment.
Embracing Differences: Each spouse brings unique qualities, preferences, and perspectives to the marriage. Embracing these differences rather than trying to change them can lead to a more harmonious relationship. Recognizing that diversity enhances the partnership creates a healthier dynamic.
Accepting Imperfection: No one is flawless, and neither is a marriage. Accepting that imperfections exist—both in oneself and in the relationship—frees couples from unrealistic expectations and empowers them to work together to overcome challenges.
Marriage is a continuous journey of growth, understanding, and partnership. Embracing these ten normal and healthy aspects can lead to a more resilient, fulfilling, and successful marital bond. By acknowledging the realities of married life and working together to navigate its ups and downs, couples can build a strong foundation that stands the test of time.
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