Successful marriages seem rare in today’s crazy world. The statistics are grim and the stories of break-up and divorce are harsh. I’ve always had the mentality that love is not enough to sustain a “til death do us part” relationship, and while that may be true, without love, there is nothing.
Love may not solve an argument, but love gives you the patience to work through it.
Love may not ensure that you are always right, but love gives you the perspective to understand that being right isn’t important.
Love won’t stop you from saying hurtful things, but love demands a heartfelt apology.
Love doesn’t make you less annoyed by the little things, but love will help you focus on what really matters.
Love doesn’t protect you from getting hurt, but love allows forgiveness.
Some of the key ingredients to a successful marriage are very similar to the ingredients for a happy life.
It’s easy to take the little things for granted, but thanking your spouse for taking the trash out, making dinner and other daily activities is so important.
A strong relationship needs happiness and sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life, you have to fight for that.
If every day, you think about how to make your spouse’s day a little brighter, you will become naturally more supportive, more giving, and more loving.
Take time for each other. This might be a challenge if you have young children, but figure it out.
You don’t have to like all the same things, but you do need to work on your future together.