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15 Secrets of a Happy and Successful Marriage
A Successful Marriage
A happy marriage is a great source of emotional satisfaction, which is why all of us look for the ideal partner or an ideal marriage. A happy and successful marriage provides the stability and security that all human beings need in life. Even though other relationships are fulfilling in their own way, each has its place. A marriage is not a place for physical satisfaction or procreation alone, but it is the very fiber of life. Our goals, aims, desire for happiness, achievements, are all tied to a happy marriage. Our core values and beliefs are centered on this, our emotional balance and coping skills are all tied to the success we have in our intimate personal relationship. This marriage advice article provides tried and tested tips for a happy marriage.
In my years of working with people with emotional problems, I have often come across people who are so bitter and negative, tossing all members of the opposite sex into the same box, branding them negatively, and soon enough I find out that a soured relationship, or a failure in that area of personal intimate relationships has made them highly critical and biased.
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It is indeed a difficult proposition to live with any individual for long without having differences of opinion. These differences are what attract us to the other in the first place. Difference is the spice of life. Yet the very same differences are what that become our biggest stumbling blocks later on in life.
Wedding is the welding or the unification of two people into one unit. It is the amalgamation of two different identities into one – any amalgamation runs into difficulties. When this happens in business, we are prepared to work hard, sort out differences, use win-win strategies to compromise, and somehow make it work because we have invested our money or life savings into it.
If we could only bring this same attitude to our marriages, oh what wonders we could work! How much pain and bitterness could be avoided, how many more happy and secure people, families and children there would be in this world.
Secrets of a Successful Marriage
Preparation - We prepare so hard to get into business, go to a business school, study hard for years, work at subjects, and do everything within our reach to attain preparedness before we get to a career. I wonder how much preparation goes into the lifelong commitment of marriage or relationship before we take the plunge. How is it that we treat a lifetime venture so lightly, probably we don’t think of it as a lifetime venture at all, no wonder we fail to even get past the prelims! I have seen so much spending, so much preparation for the ceremony with a few hours of pomp and show; but what about the life after, within the close confines? Recently, I was witness to a wedding of my very close relative, a whole city was invited, money was thrown around like it didn’t count anymore, thirty plus flower girls, bridesmaids, pageboys and maid of honour and I know not what. It has not been 32 months yet and the marriage is already on the rocks, threatening to break apart any moment with a baby made in the process. I am sure you, my reader, know where I am going.
Secret to a Happy Marriage - Compatibility
If you want your relationship to last you need to prepare emotionally, physically and mentally before you get into the relationship. I am not dealing with temporary adjustment or one night stands or live-in relationships here, I am talking about the serious business of marriage and family. How does one prepare for marriage? Although physical attraction is what sparks off a relationship, it is the last thing that matters after a few years of marriage.
Compatibility in terms of temperaments, attitudes and values would rank high on my list. My husband and I come from backgrounds that are as different as chalk and cheese. Our eating habits were different, our languages were different, our orientation to life was different, our belief systems were different; yet we continue to live in as much, if not more love than we started with twenty years ago.
15 Keys for How to Have a Successful Marriage
People do envy us. I hear comments all the time, they know it is special. Was it easy? Perhaps not, never was anything harder in life than marriage and yet it is the joy of our lives. What did you do? you may ask. Many things I should say but, let me start with first things first.
We learned to please each other, put our desires secondary to that of our partners. This I speak of not just in physical relationships but in every way. This makes your partner feel special, needed and appreciated. This is not always one person’s responsibility; both partners have an equal and important role to play here.
We never had specific roles; we would just fall in line and complement each other in every task we undertook. When our first baby was born, my husband took it upon himself to nurture his not so healthy wife and an equally unhealthy baby. He put his career second to us. So did I, I just threw away the career of my dreams for a life of no glamour at home. Did it pay? Yes it has and will for generations, I think, for we have nurtured two healthy, secure individuals, so confident in themselves, and in whom the right values have been instilled.
Think, Plan and live as one Unit.
Think and live as one unit. It is called trust. It is when we think of ourselves as different individuals and different entities that we run into most problems. This is difficult in the beginning but over the years with understanding it becomes second nature. It is easy to do this right from the start if we understand it in the right perspective. Making decisions together considering the impact that it would have on each of the partners and arriving at a decision that is most practical and not weighing heavily on one person.
Finances - One important area where a couple needs to function as a unit, to instill confidence in the other is in the area of finances. Handling finances well is of paramount importance to the fabric of the marriage and life together. This is the area that needs both partners in marriage to work together, plan together, budget together and spend with shrewdness. When couples do not handle this well, the fabric of trust and security starts to wear out.
Watch what you say about your partner. Another area where couples find trust wearing out is when a partner jokes or makes comments about the other, making the person look small in front of his or her family or friends. This feels like a let down and total lack of respect. Having a critical attitude and indulging in negative speaking damages the best of relationships.
Body language your body language needs to be in sync with your spoken language. Small gestures like holding hands or just a hand thrown casually over the shoulder is enough to make your partner feel secure.
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Remembering special days or perhaps picking just ordinary days to give a small gift - maybe just some flowers.. works wonders!! Somehow we tend to think that expensive gifts are what count. Absolutely not.. a well thought out gift is what makes an impression. The other day, my husband got me a writing pad that is hard and can hold my pens and has provision for me to scribble notes on that can be very useful for me to do what I do. I was so pleasantly surprised and grateful to him for his thoughtfulness.
Do not let anger and poor judgment cloud your reactions. Any difference of opinion needs to be sorted out right away; trying to understand where your partner is coming from will help you keep a balanced outlook and cut the anger out of any arguments that you may have. Asking questions or specific details, with a motive to understand, helps you go farther in a relationship. Be quick to forgive or apologize and don’t carry grudges.
Time together - though we spend a lot of time together working or just doing things around the house, couples need time just for themselves and their relationship. We time. The time that is spent together should be quality time to enrich the relationship. This should be communication time, communication of love, trust, emotions, plans, goals, ideas and most importantly fun time for both. This time is not to be used for routine chores.
Look past mistakes. It is important in any relationship to look past the other’s mistakes, and this could never be overstated in marriage. Differences of opinion, arguments, and disagreements are all part of the equation called marriage, but it is important not to blow up the mistake or problem, instead viewing it in the light of your partner’s character or goodness. This calms you down to a large extent and allows you to see the whole event in the right perspective.
Happy and Successful Marriage Secrets
Expectations - Don’t expect your man or woman to read your thoughts. Often, we make this mistake and expect them to know our mind or understand our desires and fulfill them. If you wait for that to happen, you may have to wait for a lifetime. Communicate your needs and dreams and work them out together, that way there will be two fulfilled people.
Never walk away in a huff or shutdown when you are upset, that is one way to have the relationship explode from the pure pressure of having bottled up emotions and cutting down all means of reaching out.
Be realistic - Sometimes, there are pressures from work, from primary family or things that are happening in life constantly. If your partner is moody or uncommunicative, it would be a great idea to be quietly reassuring and supportive from behind, this helps the person to open up and confide in you. Just being there for the other person maybe all that they need at times, not advise or help.
Hang in there There are difficult times in marriage, don't give up yet, just hang in there. That too will pass, patience and persistence can make all things work.
Marriage is by no means the romantic dream that all young people have, it calls for total dedication, hard work, sacrifice and willingness to forgive the little flaws that all of us have. It would work well to remember that no one is perfect at all times and your partner is just as human as you. Having said all this, marriage can be a satisfying, long lasting, happy place to be in, if only you are willing to put in the effort required to make it work.
Wish you a happy and satisfying relationship!